Jensen obliges, but seems to have an enormous weight relieved when he learns "Strunk died somewhere over in Chu Lai. At first she is happy with mark, however over time she changes and it shows her becoming a woman and really maturing.
She becomes one of them when, she starts wearing tongue necklaces and listens to dark music. He makes up a life story for the man, torturing himself with the idea that the victim had been a gentle soul.
The author intentionally blurs this distinction. He reflects on the medals he won in Vietnam, and imagines telling his father about both these and the medals he did not win.
Lemon dies after setting off a rigged artillery shell. Plot Summaries[ edit ] "The Things They Carried" Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, the leader of a platoon of soldiers in Vietnam, carries physical reminders of Martha, the object of his unrequited love.
Near the border, he encounters an elderly stranger who allows him to work through his internal struggle. Jimmy Cross, for example, carries pictures of Martha and memories of their only date.
A death in the squad under his supervision causes Cross to reconsider his priorities, and, heartbroken, he burns and throws away all reminders of Martha in order to stave off dangerous distractions. They instead see them as motivation to survive the war.
Ted Lavender A grenadier. His memories continue to haunt Norman at home as he realizes that the world has moved on from the war, and wants nothing to do with the "hell" in Vietnam.
It includes moments of camaraderie and beauty: As the story goes on it shows that she is becoming more of a soldier. Jorgenson may be a reference to a similarly-named character from The Caine Mutiny. He is obsessed with a young woman back home, Martha who does not return his feelings.
Ultimately, although he has no one to share these memories with, he finds catharsis in imagined conversations. Lemon has felt he needs to prove himself in front of his men and be the fearless man all soldiers are supposed to be. But the soldiers carry more than just physical burdens—in many cases, they are weighed down by emotional baggage.
Jimmy Cross The platoon leader. She is pretty much the typical stay at home war girl. His former girlfriend has married someone else, his closest friends are dead. In one particular letter she sends him a good-luck-pebble. He later believes that his obsession led to the death of Ted Lavender.
But he wanted to provoke the same feelings in the reader that he felt on the trail. Kiley reacts by distancing himself, the stress causing him first to be silent for days on end, and then to talk constantly.
Later, Azar mocks the girl, and Dobbins rebukes him. At first regularly antagonized by one another, the two are drawn toward respect and friendship by the stress and horrors of warfare. The area is so isolated that one of the soldiers flies his hometown girlfriend in by helicopter.
He is eventually killed when camping out in the "shitfield. Linda is the most important woman in the book.Although women play a small role in The Things They Carried, it is a significant one.
Female characters such as Martha, Mary Anne Bell, and Henry Dobbins’s unnamed girlfriend all affect the men of the Alpha Company—although in two of the cases, the women aren’t even with the men they’re.
The role of women in the book The Things They Carried is an important one. These men have various views and feeling about the women they love, the women they hate, and the women that they may not know and can only dream of.
The Things They Carried Women and their Role in The Things They Carried Within the book The Thing’s They Carried, the stories of the male soldiers and their dealings with the Vietnam War.
However he also delves into the stories of the women and how they affected the soldiers and their experiences in Vietnam. The Things They Carried () is a collection of linked short stories by American novelist Tim O'Brien, about a platoon of American soldiers fighting on the ground in the Vietnam War.
His third book about the war, it is based upon his experiences as a soldier in the 23rd Infantry Division. The role of women in the book The Things They Carried is an important one.
These men have various views and feeling about the women they love, the women they hate, and the women that they may not know and can only dream of. While the text given to the ideas of women is small is stature, it is quite significant in meaning. In "The Things They Carried," women play a supporting role, not seen, but very much on the mind of the men.
Lieutenant Cross, although he is in charge of his men's safety, he is also distracted.Download