The Things They Carried

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The Emotional burdens of war

The story I chose is “The Things They Carried” by the author Tim O’Brien. In the course of this essay I will highlight the physical and intangible “burdens” required by a soldier to overcome war which are of vital importance to inhibit the outcomes of a state of devastation. The story gives us insights about what each soldier carried to the combat zone and this was largely determined by necessities, but each man differed in their necessity. It gives a picture of the things a soldier needs to meet his basic needs during war. The basic necessities required in every situation or event lead to an enormous burden but the emotional consequences as an outcome of war lead to a greater burden and so did these emotional burdens help the soldiers develop in any way?

The existence of the soldiers was determined by their basic needs during war. They were inseparable by the bond of their existence and the ability to survive the treacherous conditions. Each soldier accepted the extreme importance of these basic necessities and related it to their natural habitat. Thus these people needed these basic physical necessities but could not ignore the emotional consequences and burdens that lived with them every moment. “Among the necessities or near necessities were P 38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wrist watches, dog tabs, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes...” These were a few goods that they took with them in order to live life in the barren lands during war. Every soldier designated by rank was compelled to carry a few things in order to execute the orders of that position. Each soldier carried his basic needs according to their ranks “What they carried was partly a function of rank, partly of field specialty.” and of course all of them carried weapons, which signified this terrible power. The sound resonating from the shot of fire from these weapons “They carried all they could bear, and then some, including the silent...
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