Essay on The Things They Carried Chapter Analysis

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The Things They Carried: Chapter 1 Significant Quote: “In the accompanying letter, Martha wrote that she had found the pebble on the Jersey shoreline, precisely where the land touched the water at high tide, where things came together but also separated.” (8) Speaker: Tim O’Brien Audience: The reader Significance: This symbolizes Martha and Jimmy’s feelings for each other. They are separated by the war, but together in their minds. Questions: 1. What prompted the separate-but-together thought? 2. Did Martha truly feel that way about Jimmy, or was there something else behind the thought process? The Things They Carried: Chapter 2 Significant Quote: “It doesn’t matter,” he finally said. “I love her” (29) Speaker: Jimmy Cross…show more content…
2. Why had the embarrassment set him off like that? The Things They Carried: Chapter 9 Significant Quote: “What you have to do, Sanders said, is trust your own story. Get the hell out of the way and let it tell itself.” (106) Speaker: Tim O’Brien Audience: The reader Significance: To tell a story right, you have to tell it the way it happened. Get all of your opinions out of the way and tell it the way it’s supposed to go. Questions: 1. Why did Rat keep inserting his opinions into the story? 2. Why did Sanders get mad when Rat told his view of the story? The Things They Carried: Chapter 10 Significant Quote: “More than anything, though, the stockings were a talisman for him. They kept him safe. They gave him access to the spiritual world, where things were soft and intimate, a place where he might someday take his girlfriend to live.” (118) Speaker: Tim O’Brien Audience: The reader Significance: During the bad bits of the war, the men made their own good luck charms to help them get through those bad times. Questions: 1. Why did Henry tie them around his neck and not put them in his pocket or pack? 2. Why did he continue to wear them after his girlfriend dumped him? The Things They Carried: Chapter 11 Significant Quote: “Though they spoke almost no English, they seemed to have a great respect for the conversation, as if sensing that important matters were being discussed.” (121) Speaker: Tim
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