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Emotions of War Parallels Between The Things They Carried and the real Vietnam War is like fog it moves to and fro it comes as a slow moving loom and leaves like a flash as it dissipates it leaves behind dampness If the fog is war then the dampness is the emotions that is the residual affects of war The emotions are things that stick to everyone In war there are no unwounded soldiers Narosky In war there will always be someone who feels guilt someone who feels anger someone who feels detached depression and someone who feels all that and more as was in The Things They Carried as it is in real war When wars are fought human beings cannot help themselves but to carry emotions to feel is to be human to feel the guilt of the error of our ways to none to the least human Everyone does things that make them feel guilty and shameful We all do it though we dont like to admit to it Guilt in the Websters Dictionary is defined as remorseful awareness of having done something wrong and shame defined as a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt In the book The Things They Carried by Tim OBrien each character carried a certain amount of guilt and shame with them Most of this burden fell upon the leader Jimmy Cross As the leader of the platoon Jimmy had to look after the well being of his men Throughout the book his fails on several instances such as when Ted Lavender dies At this point in the book Cross has an epiphany that the death of his man was due to his lack of concentration and leadership On that morning after Ted Lavender dies First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross finally realizes his duty crouched at the bottom of his foxhole and burned Marthas letters Then he burned the two photographs There was a steady
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