Topics: Emotion, Psychology, Feeling Pages: 4 (1483 words) Published: May 22, 2013
Narrative Essay
In "The Things They Carried," we read that the Vietnam War was closely associated with the physical, psychological, and emotional problems that the soldiers dealt with. This novel incorporated many different outlooks on the things the soldiers carried, dealt with, and were forced to adapt to. It is difficult to understand all the processes they had to go through and they had to overcome. Sometimes it is very difficult to be fully focused if you have committed a mistake in war and that is one of the reasons why a lot of soldiers carry those emotions that will never let go and will never forgive themselves for forgetting about their responsibilities. We sometimes have the wrong perspective about war because we always think that war is only about guns and killing people and protecting our country. However, we don’t realize what they have to suffer and what they have to face with. Many soldiers develop psychological and emotional problems that can affect in their lives.

Everyone in life always has difficulties or conceals secrets. Like in the chapter “The man I killed” Tim was telling the story about the man he killed in combat. Tim o Brien couldn’t discuss anything about his experiences in the war because he didn’t feel comfortable or he was feeling guilty. For soldiers it is not easy killing or having something to think in their mind to feel safe. Also Jimmy Cross, suffered psychological problems and he tried to disguise them by thinking about Martha. He was an obsessed character in which he always distracts himself from his work field. The way his always thinking about his love to Martha has become a torture to him. However, by thinking about Martha it seems that she brings him peace and understandable feelings, she becomes like a therapy to his mind because he feels safe even though he is surrounded by the war. Every soldier has burden and as a Consequence of his irresponsibility to his duty, he loosed of one of his soldiers and he always...
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