To fully comprehend and appreciate the novel, particularly the passages that gloss the nature of writing and storytelling, it is important to remember that the work is fictional rather than a conventional non-fiction, historical account. Jimmy Cross as an inexperienced and ill-equipped leader of Alpha Company, both in-country and at a post-war reunion. Years after the war, the two spent an afternoon together remembering their friends and those who were killed. He is taken in by the lodge owner, who helps him confront the issue of evading the draft by taking him out on the lake that borders Canada.
He reads the letters every night. The men carry the things they need, like can openers and pocketknives and Kool-Aid and water. Some necessities are more individual. For more on what the characters carry and how it helps us see them as individuals throughout this story, head over to "Character Clues.
The soldiers are called "legs" or "grunts. Get your mind out of the gutter!
You can hump something that exists, tangibly, like a pack of ammunition, or you can hump something in the emotional sense, like the love that Jimmy Cross has for Martha.
Out of the gutter, we said! Almost everyone humps photographs. Jimmy Cross carries two of Martha. They carry the things their military rank demands that they carry. Jimmy Cross is the platoon leader, so he carries a compass, codebooks, and the responsibility for his men.
Ted Lavender, until he dies outside the village of Than Khe, carries nine more rounds of ammo than anyone else, plus everything that everyone else carries, plus the fear.
They all carry respect for the power of the things they carry. Sometimes he carries the pebble in his mouth, and has trouble thinking about the war because he loves Martha so much.
What the men carry depends on their mission. On night missions, they all carry their own necessities. They draw numbers to see who has to do it. Outside Than Khe, Lee Strunk draws the unlucky number, and goes down into the tunnel.
The rest of the men sit down to wait. Jimmy Cross tries to focus on the tunnel, but he keeps thinking about Martha, and what it would be like to be in that tunnel with her.
Lee Strunk pops out of the tunnel, grinning. Everyone relaxes and starts to joke around. Strunk then makes a noise like a funny ghost, and then all of a sudden, bam, Ted Lavender is shot in the head.
Sometimes they carry things according to superstition. They found the corpse lying in a ditch, and Mitchell Sanders said that there was a moral to it. He cut the thumb off, gave it to Bowker, and said that the moral was "Have gun, will travel.
|SparkNotes: The Things They Carried: “The Things They Carried”||Cross is preoccupied by thoughts of Martha, a young woman he dated before he joined the Army. He thinks about letters she wrote him; he thinks about whether or not she is a virgin; he thinks about how much he loves her and wants her to love him.|
They carry stationery and chess sets and infections and the sky. They carry their lives. Cross feels guilty for what happened to Lavender; he loved Martha more than his men, and look what happened. He saw Jimmy Cross cry, and he says that the Lieutenant really cares.
Norman Bowker asks him to shut up, please, so he does. They joke about it afterwards. They make their vocabulary hard and rough to cover up how much they actually care. They carry the fear of embarrassment and the fear of blushing.
He thinks he hates Martha now, while loving her at the same time.The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of iridis-photo-restoration.coms: K.
The Things They Carried, published in , was a runaway hit and is included in many high school and university curricula.O’Brien has called the form of the work “meta-fiction,” indicating that it is neither non-fiction nor quite fiction.
In The Things They Carried, protagonist "Tim O'Brien," a writer and Vietnam War veteran, works through his memories of his war service to find meaning in them.
Interrelated short stories present themes such as the allure of war, the loss of innocence, and the relationship between fact and fiction. A summary of Themes in Tim O’Brien's The Things They Carried.
Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Things They Carried and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. i think the things they carried was a good book. it told you about how people felt in the war and how it changes people.
it also tells you how people can just seem okay but really people got a lot on there plate. the things they carried also tell you things that everybody carried to seem close to home still/5().
The Things They Carried is a different kind of book, but it shares with Going after Cacciato a powerful sense of how it feels for a soldier to be at war. O’Brien doesn’t debate the merits of the Vietnam War, but thoughtfully speaks about the burdens, hopes and fears the soldiers in Alpha Company bore (thus the title of the book)/5.