Essay On Tim O 'Brien's The Things They Carried'

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Baggage: Inside and Out “The Things They Carried,” written by Tim O’Brien helped recognize particular aspects of the Vietnam War as it associated with the soldiers and their lives individually and collectively. O’Brien described the overall mood of the war and the soldiers involved regarding the physical, psychological, and emotional weight the soldiers bared. We too, as individuals carry things with us in our daily lives that attribute something to our physical or mental well-being. For me, these are feelings as well as tangible objects. The men in this story carried “all the emotional baggage of men who might die. Grief, terror, love, longing – these were intangibles, but the tangibles had their own mass and specific gravity, they had tangible weight.”(O’Brien 1486) The soldiers in “The Things They Carried” had the task of fighting two wars, an internal war and an external war.…show more content…
The adversity they go through varies from person to person. For First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, he had to make it through the Vietnam War alive. In this short story, “They Things They Carried,” where Lieutenant Cross draws his strength from is somewhat unclear. He seems strong at the beginning of the story, but he also seems to gain strength at the end of the short story. Personally, I fight my own internal enemies day after day, one being, the resentment and anger of having to put my grandmother into a nursing home. These feelings are equal to both sides as for me, I, as a grandchild should not be handling this life altering situation but if I hadn’t done what was right, she may be dead today. I had to weigh my options: let the tide roll and see where it goes, or step up and take her away to a safe, but unhappy place. As human nature, I think we almost always choose the option where life can be continued whether or not we or they are happy with it. This seems to show to me that we are slightly
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