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Loving someone who does not admire you back is probably the worst of the emptiest feelings a person should hope to never experience However the worst kind of emptiness is the feeling you have when someone gets injured because someone elses head was somewhere other than where it should be In The Things They Carried Lieutenant Jimmy Cross feels the guilt of letting his men die because of his love-struck soul He is in charge of all his men and should not let anything distract him from tending to his force let alone worrying about the war and arsenal weaponry around him Not only could he fail his men he could be brutally bombarded by bombsHowever like in war love is a battlefield and with every battle there is struggle But with the struggle comes triumph in the near futureIn Tim OBriens short story Lieutenant Cross travels through two forms of struggle in which one of his past struggles his hopeful love hinders the current struggle the war at hand but eventually he puts it behind him and carries on with the warThe battlefield of love can be a terrible place but a war of love when only one side is fighting is even worse Soldiers typically carry things with them to remind them of home and loved ones Some carry heirlooms of relatives pocket knives and letters Lieutenant Cross carries pictures and letters from a college student back in the States named Martha He is truly and deeply in love and infatuated with her and she probably does not even feel an ounce of lust or love toward him Martha does send him letters however they were not love letters but he was hoping that they were OBrien 469 Hopeful love is not true love no matter how much you long for it Crosss wishful lustfulness rears his mind away from the war and into day dreams of his love back home
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