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The Importance of the Title in Tim OBriens The Things They Carried In Tim OBriens short story The Things They Carried the items carried both physical and emotional are what helped to define and sustain each characters life at that given moment The characters in the story have items they carried which helped them to deal with stress and serve as an anchor and during quiet times a momentary escape to a different and safer time in their lives The importance of the title The Things They Carried illustrates the storys theme in which each individual carries mementoes to help them PAA make it through the crisis Tim OBrien separates the necessary physical items each soldier carried from the emotional or personal items by describing the necessary items with unemotional deliberate precision and personal items with warmth and feeling Tim OBrien methodically describes each physical object in detail The weapon weighed 75 pounds unloaded 82 pounds with its full twenty-round magazine OBrien 389 He describes all the necessary items and places a great Smith 2 deal of emphasis on the weight of each object Among the grunts some carried the M-79 grenade launcher 59 pounds unloaded a reasonably light weapon except for the ammunition which was heavy 389 While describing the personal items each man carried the author places a great deal of emotional and sentimental weight on each item As a hedge against bad times however Kiowa also carried his grandmothers distrust of the white man his grandfathers old hunting hatchet 388 Although the author describes physical weight for necessary items verses emotional weight for personal items it is interesting to note the story begins with the description of personal items First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey 387 While describing the personal items each man carried Tim OBrien conveys emotion and feeling to each item
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