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They dreamed of freedom birds At night on guard staring into the dark they were carried away by jumbo jets They felt the rush of takeoff Gone They yelled 286 Freedom bird an appropriate term for the jumbo jets that take the soldiers from their tour because it gives them the freedom from what has been holding them back Throughout the story First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross has his mind everywhere but on his infantry he is supposed to be leading on the tour The story shows how even the smallest memory letter or picture can draw anyone from reality It shows several mens struggle to overcome their predisposed conscience and deal with reality It has become one of the most common occurrences in any war Grandfathers uncles and even brothers have told how they would recall as they were fighting they themselves carried the unnecessary on a tour The seemingly innocent picture the numerous letters sent and even thoughts of what it was like to be home all of a loved one is now shown to have an impact As seen with Jimmy Cross some men even went to a profound obsession As mentioned early in the work Jimmy Cross carries letters and two pictures from a friend named Martha The story tells how he would dig his foxhole wash his hands under a canteen unwrap the letters and photos hold them with the tips of his fingers and spend the last hour of light pretending he would imagine romantic camping trips 275 One picture is a black and white picture of Martha standing against a brick wall It is told how Martha has an apparent neutral look to her and Cross cant help but notice the shadow of the person taking the picture Cross knows she has boyfriends knows she is closer to men other than himself The other picture that Cross has is one of Martha clipped from a yearbook It is a
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