THE MEANING OF THE TITLE “THE THINGS THEY CARRIED”
“The Things They Carried “simply emphasize that what the person may carry depends on the personality of the person.May it be for his necessity or passion he may carry the weight voluntarily or mandatory.Literally, the things the soldiers carried are, may be tangible or intangible.Tangible things such as P- 38 can openers, pocket knives,heat tabs, dog tags, mosquito repellent,wrist watches, chewing gum, candy,cigarettes,salt tablets, packets of Kool Aid,lighters,matches, sewing kits,Military payment certificates, C rations and two or three canteens of water.Individual has its own necessity such as Dave Jensen, who practiced field hygiene, carried a toothbrush,dental floss,and several hotel-size bars of soap.Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried tranquilizers and six or seven ounces of dope which for him is necessity.Kiowa, a devout baptist, carried an illustrated New Testament that had been presented to him by his father, who taught Sunday school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.By necessity and because it was SOP, they all carried steel helmets that weighed five pounds including the liner aid camouflage cover. Because the land was mined and booby-trapped, it was SOP for each man to carry a steel -centered, nylon-covered flak jacket, which weighed 6.7 pounds.Because thenights were cold, and the monsoons were wet, each carried a green plastic pocho that could be used as a raincoat or groundsheet or makeshift tent.These are the things they carried for their necessities,for their own survival.As a soldier, they carried arms and ammunitions for survival and call of duty.Almost everyone carried photographs too. As they call it, to carry it is to “hump” it.They carried partly a function of rank and partly of field specialty.As First lieutenant and platoon leader, Jimmy Cross carried a compass, maps, code books, binoculars, and a .45-caliber pistol that weighed 2.9 pounds fully loaded.He also carried the responsibility...
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