The Things They Carried Book Analysis

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The Things They Carried McKayla Vaughn Passage: “Whenever he looked at the photographs, he thought of new things he should’ve done.” P.2 Small Meaning: In this quote, Lieutenant Cross is deeply in love with Martha. He carries a picture of her in his pocket. The one date him and Martha went on, he thinks he blew it. So every time he glances at Martha’s picture, he thinks of something more he should have done. Big Meaning: Everybody regrets. This book is not just a war book, but a book about men’s feelings while they were away at war. The quote makes the reader realize every man that was drafted, left something extremely dear and personal back home. Everyday these men would realize that. It’s about having the courage to let go and move…show more content…
It's not that there isn't a lot of blood and gore in The Things They Carried, but mostly the war is presented as it is in this quote – as a lot of downtime and marching in which you could unexpectedly die. Passage: “Right then, with the shore so close, I understood that I would not do what I should do. I would not swim away from my hometown and my country and my life. I would not be brave. That old image of myself as a hero, as a man of conscience and courage, all that was just a threadbare pipe dream.” P.55 Small Meaning: Here O’Brien is contemplating on whether or not to jump to swim to the shoreline of Canada. He is terrified at the thought of war and doesn’t want to go. He doesn’t want to disappoint his family and friends by not going and running away though. Big Meaning: This passage shows that when these men got their draft cards, it wasn’t easy. They did not just pack up and go. They fought, cried, were scared, and feared for their lives. It was that sense of a feeling that you may never return home. Passage: “War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also a mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.” P.76 Small Meaning: O’Brien is giving the all the different ways war can be interpreted by a soldier. They live that lifestyle for so
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