Question1In “The Things They Carried”, O’Brien portrays a fascinating messageof responsibility for his readers.
Its morals explains how we tend to typicallylet ourselves “out” of our issues and as a result of we might wish to besomewhere pleasant. The excerpt retrospect’s the war on Vietnam and illustratesthe mentality and lifetime of the foot troopers that fought and died there. Bydescribing what things the troopers brought with them provides better characterization for everyman in a literal, spiritual, and mental form,the reader can understand what the men were about. Each soldier carried with them wants, most of them following normalprocess. He mentions the precise weight of the things the troopers carried in an effort to give the reader a feel of theload of the troopers. In his descriptions he describes physical items as anexample; mosquito insect repellent andmarijuana, pocket knives and chewing gum.
The narrator describes the items they carry counting on many factorsthat embrace the men’s priorities and their constitutions. As a result of theartillery man Henry Dobbins is exceptionally large, as an example, he carriesextra rations; since he is superstitious, he carries his girlfriend’s stockingsaround his neck. Nervous Ted Lavender carries marijuana and tranquilizers tocalm him down, and also the spiritual Kiowa carries an illustrated NewTestament, a gift from his father.Some of the things the men carry areuniversal, like a compress just in case of fatal injuries and a two-pound cloakwhich can be used as a waterproof, groundsheet, or tent. Most of them are soldiersof low ranks and carry a standard M-16 assault rifle and other magazines ofammunition. many men carry bomb launchers.
The items they carry also aredetermined by their ranks or specialty. As leader, for example, LieutenantJimmy Cross has the responsibility to carry the maps, the compasses, and alsothe responsibility for his men’s lives. The medic, Rat Kiley, carriespainkiller, malaria tablets, and provides for serious wounds.Question2The narrator uses metaphors, symbolic language and repetitionto put across his message. His purpose of the story telling is to clear hisconscience of war and to tell the stories of soldiers who were forgotten bysociety and the difficulties they go through and how they try to cope withthese issues.Thenarrator is against the war. In The Things TheyCarried, as an example, writer describes how “Tim O’Brien” struggles todetermine whether or not he ought to avoid military service. The writer takes usthrough either side of the difficulty, feeling the worry of a young man facingmilitary service and probably death to one feeling a patriotic duty toward hiscountry.
The narrator confronts with the story, the pressure caused by feelingthe necessity to stick to some cultural or community standard of duty, courage,or nationalism. Thenarrator’s attitude is somewhat totally different from his team mates he putshimself in a higher state of mind possibly of courage. For example he describesTed Lavender as a coward as he is carrying more ammunition than needed which isnot different from the rest as all constantly talks tough to cover their fears.
Kiowa is obsessed with death especially after Ted’s death which according tothe narrator is inevitable while Cross blameshimself for Ted’s death. The narrator’s attitude might not be different fromthe rest of the soldiers as he is also a soldier.