The Things They Carried Love Analysis

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Carrying Love: In Tim O’Brien’s novel, The Things They Carried, American soldiers fight in the Vietnam war where they encounter many hardships along the way of their arduous trek. The soldiers are well equipped with all the necessities needed for war, including “P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wrist watches, god tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits, Military payment certificates, C rations, and two or three canteens of water” (O’Brien 2). The soldiers endure trauma as they witness their brothers and enemies undergo great suffering, even death. The adversities the soldiers withstand bring them closer together and underscore the greatest gift they could ever carry, which is love. Undeniable that love is the main focus to this bitter sweet story. Two soldiers, Henry Dobbins and…show more content…
Courage was not always a matter of yes or no” (O’Brien 147). “When you’re courageous, you look failure and danger in the face and act anyway. It doesn’t matter what you’re trying to accomplish. Most of what you do will require courage. Most of what you do, at least that which truly matters, will be a leap into the unknown” (Waggener 50). In war our human weakness eventually shows itself. When soldiers are in the midst of the chaos of war, sometimes they feel they have fallen short, although they have given their best effort, “Norman Bowker remembered how he had taken hold of Kiowa’s boot and pulled hard, but how the smell was simply too much, and how he’d backed off and in that way had lost the Silver Star. He wished he could’ve explained some of this. How he had been braver than he ever thought possible, but how he had not been so brave as he wanted to be”, (O’Brien

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