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Analysis Of Tim O ' Brien 's The Things They Carried During The War Essay

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In this paper I will argue that in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried during the war a person experience develop guilt from an event that happened during the war and how it affects them for life. The three people specifically, I will take about are First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, Norman Bowker, and Tim. Telling about how the experienced guilt, where the guilt comes from, and if they ever find absolution. The first story of two stories for First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross feels guilty about the death of Ted Lavender after he goes off by himself to pee and on his way back he was shot in the head on his way back from peeing. Cross Lieutenant Jimmy Cross feels guilty for the death of Ted Lavender because “he had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry like a stone in his stomach for the rest of the war” (pg. 16). Lieutenant Cross blames Ted Lavender dead on loving Martha more than his men is justified because he kept every letter she send him, when it mind would wander he would be thinking if Martha was a virgin, keep to picture of Martha in his wallet. There are three quotes justifying this he loved Martha more than his men. The first time “after a day 's march, cross would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hour of light pretending” (pg. 1). The second time “when was Jimmy time to check the perimeter, he
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