The Burdens Of War In The Things They Carried By Tim O Brien

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In the short story, “The Things They Carried”(1987), Tim O’Brien elucidates the encumbrance of both the physical and emotional burdens carried by soldiers in war. Written in the third person omniscient point of view and set on battlefields of Vietnam during the war, the story details exactly what each man in a battalion of 17 carried both literally and figuratively; Lieutenant Cross, throughout the story, struggles to reconcile his love for Martha and his commitment to the men in his squadron, an emotional strain that he packs through the dense foliage of Vietnam; after a man under his protection dies as a result of his own affection for Martha, Cross decides to sever his emotional connection to her and focus solely on the safety of his men,

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