Fake Love in The Things They Carried by Tim O´Brian Essay

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“Loneliness remains a strong presence enveloping the soldiers long after the war is over. Jimmy Cross, for example, feels bereft after the war because his hope for happiness in Martha is dashed by her rejection.” (Loneliness and Isolation.) While reading the book The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brian, a reader can easily come across many items that represent certain things for the carrier. All these items are symbols for those men and women. For Example, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross “humps” --a word O'Brian used at the beginning of the book to open this point-- his love for a woman named Martha and the danger it causes his men and him. This woman does not feel the same love for Jimmy Cross as he does for Martha, but he holds on to this hope …show more content…
“Loneliness remains a strong presence enveloping the soldiers long after the war is over. Jimmy Cross, for example, feels bereft after the war because his hope for happiness in Martha is dashed by her rejection.” (Loneliness and Isolation.) While reading the book The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brian, a reader can easily come across many items that represent certain things for the carrier. All these items are symbols for those men and women. For Example, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross “humps” --a word O'Brian used at the beginning of the book to open this point-- his love for a woman named Martha and the danger it causes his men and him. This woman does not feel the same love for Jimmy Cross as he does for Martha, but he holds on to this hope during the war thinking she might one day. Jimmy Cross, while in Vietnam, kept things-- letters and pictures-- that came from Martha. Everything that happened and everything he kept just adds to the love of Martha. Jimmy Cross has an unhealthy obsession with Martha. He constantly mused over Martha; always wondering who she was with and what she was doing. He spent every day in Vietnam, and after, hoping she would finally return his love for her. While in Vietnam he carried letters that weigh ten ounces. The letters are not romantic at all –except by her signing “Love, Martha” at the end--, but to Cross they mean everything. The letters were like treasure to him he guarded them and kept them hidden away from the other soldiers. He read the