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Tim OBriens The Things They Carried reprinted in Edgar V Roberts and Henry E Jacobs Literature and an Introduction to Reading and Writing Sixth edition Upper Saddle River and Prentice-Hall 2001 77-88 is centered on the realism of the types of things the soldiers in the Vietnam War carried The realism of all the physical and emotional tangible and intangible things they carried are vividly described throughout the entire story The realism of the weights of many different tangible objects that are physically carried and the realism of the emotional intangible items and the unpredictability of their surroundings brings this story to life The presentation of realism is incorporated throughout the entire story Throughout this story the platoon set in Vietnam are physically carrying items a burden in itself We see many items with true realism An accurate description and the physical weight of each item are described in full detail Steel helmets that weighed 5 pounds including the liner and camouflage cover Jungle boots 21 pounds 78 are a few of the items the men carried Along with A 45-caliber pistol that weighed 29 pounds fully loaded a PRC-25 radio a killer 26 pounds with its battery 79 With these real descriptions we are able to visualize all the items OBrien is depicting throughout the story Each item is described so accurately its as if you can feel the weight of these many items at your fingertips In the very beginning of the story First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is carrying love letters from a girl named Martha 77 Throughout the story he is truly distracted by the very letters he adores and that keep him motivated and sane The emotional ties to these personal items from Martha in turn are what make him despise her He is so emotionally involved with these distracting items and person he feels he fails his platoon by not being in a clear state of mind to keep them
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