The Things They Carried

Central character:
A young male named Jimmy Cross, in his early twenties who lead a group of army in Vietnam. Many tend to argue this character is against all aspects of war, while others feel he is for the war.
Other characters include:

Henry Dobbins-a strong man, who carried heavy weapons through Vietnam. Dave Jensen, who carried a toothbrush with him. Ted Lavender, who was scared of the war. Mitchell Sanders, who was the RTO (Radio & Telephone Operator). Norman Bowker, who always carried a diary. Rat Kiley, who carried comic books. Kiowa, a devout Baptist. Lee Strunk, who carried a slingshot. Martha, who was Jimmy Cross’s long lost lover. Martha sends Jimmy Cross ...

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Some soldiers carried pictures, while others carried good luck charms. (2) The soldiers arrive at a dark tunnel. As active soldiers are, they investigate the tunnel looking for their opposition. (3) As one of the soldiers exit the tunnel, he gets shot in the head causing warfare to erupt. (4) Jimmy Cross decides to burn the city down, leaving nothing behind. (5) As soldiers wait for a jet to take them home, they remise about the frightening experience of what just occurred.


Horrified by the events of war, soldiers had no choice but to go to War. The soldiers fell victim to the United States government.


Written as if it was told from the authors point-of-view. The authors use of profanity, (fuc* off), in line 38 of the story made the story more graphic. The author was also very descriptive when he was describing the type of weapons each soldier carried.


While in the war, each soldier carried something to make them feel safe. Some ...

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Added: 4/13/2006 04:24:17 PM
Category: English
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