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The Things They Carried by Tim OBrien In the short story The Things They Carried by Tim OBrien the author explores human nature and the emotions that are carried with them This emotional baggage is represented by the love that a soldier feels towards a girl back home It is contrasted by the everyday things they carry while at war Ultimately this story deals with the theme of growing up and taking responsibility One of the clever aspects of this piece is the way in which the author details the life that the soldiers are living during the time of war We are constantly told of the things they are carrying in their fight There are descriptions of ammunition guns candy cigarettes and many other items that are used daily We are exposed to the danger they are in and are aware of the nature of the people that are on patrol with this group of soldiers By creating this descriptive atmosphere the characters are developed without them having to say much at all We are able to visualize their actions and have a sense of what type of people they are This is important in developing one of the themes of the story Without creating this atmosphere the reader would not have a sense of loss that the leader feels when one of his men dies In this story of what they carried during wartime we are also shown the letters that one soldier is carrying He places much importance on these letters and he looks at them as letters from the woman he loves The fact that she might not even have the same feelings for him is carefully articulated to show the youthful infatuation he has for her This helps show the immaturity of the leader While lists of items related to warfare are described we are also able to read the thoughts of this man and the distractions he
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