"The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brien

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In 'Things They Carried', Tim O'Brien depicts casualties of Vietnam war and grievances faced by soldiers in the foreign land. The plot is based on romantic relations between Jimmy Cross, the lieutenant of an Army unit and a girl, Martha, he fell in love The main characters of the work, Lieutenant Cross, is suppressed by war and uncertainty, emotional distress and fear of death…

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Tim Obrien writes that: "At night, sometimes, Lieutenant Cross wondered who had taken the picture, because he knew she had boyfriends, ' he could see the shadow of the picture-taker spreading out against the brick wall" (O'Brien). This remark unveils psychological experience of Lieutenant Cross and his emotional state during the war. The soldiers are caught in a particularly vicious bind.
Lieutenant Cross remembers his visit to a theater and the first kiss, but he regrets he was too shy and timid. It seems he knows that he would never have a chance to touch Martha and kiss her again: "whenever he looked at the photographs, he thought of new things he should've done" (O'Brien).
Those completing their tour during the early phases of the war are met with a ignorance of U. S. military commitments while those serving after the American public became disgusted with the war are shunned as "losers." Overwhelmed by strong romantic feelings Cross neglects his duties, and one of the soldiers, Ted Lavender, is killed. In spite of this terrible death, Cross does not stop thinking about his beloved Martha. ...
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