The Things They Carried

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The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien In the short story “The Things They Carried” written by Tim O’Brien, the author has created a marvelous short story full with ups and downs that effect the reader’s emotions. Not all the writers could write something that touches or even given awareness to the reader. However Tim has done a great job by reaching out to the readers emotions and giving them good lessons by illustrating many themes in this short story. The four main themes illustrated by the author are dilemma between responsibility and personal needs, thin line between life and death, braving coward and superstitious belief. The author narrates the short story by starting with a theme about dilemma between responsibility and personal needs. Sometimes many people tend to misjudge which would be their priority whether it is their responsibility or personal needs. This is shown by a character named Lieutenant Jimmy Cross. Cross who is a soldier loves his so called girlfriend, Martha. He used to take and read her letters whenever he is free. He also imagines her in some situation and fantasizes about her too. He hopes that she would love him too but he has not declared his love to her. This love mood makes him to always think about her no matter where or what he is doing. This affects him as he could not give priority to his responsibility as a soldier because he thinks that he loves her so much more than his war mates. Such ideas would keep Cross’s friends in danger as he would only care about his safety and not his war mates and the importance to win the war. Cross’ irresponsibility behavior has caused a very big effect as it killed his friend Ted Lavender. This could be seen in a verse in paragraph 10 in the short story. “He pictured Martha’s smooth young face, thinking he loved her more than anything, more than his men, and now Ted Lavender was dead because
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