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The Things They Carried Courage Analysis

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The Things They Carried, a fiction novel by Tim O’Brien, carries courage throughout the stories he tells by describing what it takes to be a soldier in Vietnam. Through burning the pictures and letters from a loved one, to seeing a friend’s remains in a tree, and carrying on despite witnessing a friend die, right before him, O’Brien allows the reader to witness the true courage needed to be a soldier. Being courageous is what holds these men together and makes every one of these stories string together and relate to one another. Much like soldiers, these stories build each other up and amplify their effects together. Tim O’Brien represents how people coming from different places experience the same need to be courageous during a time of war in the fiction novel The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carries courage. Unseemingly so, giving up someone he loves makes him the most courageous character in The Things They Carried. Martha, the woman whom he loves, is the most important thing back home, to him. “He would imagine romantic camping trips into the White Mountains in New Hampshire. He would sometimes taste the envelope flaps, knowing he tongue had been there.” (1). This quote explains just how much Jimmy Cross loves Martha and he dreams about her everyday, Cross cares so much about Martha, the girl he fell in love with back at home. After fellow soldier Ted Lavender dies while Cross is daydreaming about Martha, he makes the honorary decision to
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