In the beginning of "The Things They Carried" we are introduced to each character by the things they carry. It lists a variety of things that the soldier brought on their mission. For example, some of the things were intangible, such as sickness, guilt, and the atmosphere. Other soldiers were carrying physical objects, including P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wrist-watches, dog tags and etc. as listed in (O 'Brien).
In this novel, we can see that O 'Brien utilizes what each individual soldier carries. This is not only to characterize the physical turmoil they endured but also their mental mayhem. For example, when O’Brien opens his writing with "First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey” (O 'Brien 615). As we can assume, the letters do not weigh much physically. However, we can see how much it starts to weigh on him mentally because of the love Jimmy Cross has for Martha.
For example, in the first chapter, The Things They Carried, O’Brien merges the lines between physical and emotional truth. Jimmy Cross is the lieutenant of a platoon and whenever something goes wrong, the lines between his emotional and physical truth are merged. Where everyone else is carrying physical items such as rations, cigarettes, and pocket knives, Jimmy Cross carries photographs of his girlfriend Martha, her love letters, and his emotional love for her instead. This is done in order to show that Jimmy Cross can be affected by both physical and emotional truth at any given time. To Jimmy Cross, he doesn’t realize that there is a distinction between the physical truth of everyone else and his emotional truth, until he causes Ted Lavender’s death.
Walt Whitman captures his audience’s attention with his realism poetry and free verse poetry throughout much of his life as a poet. Whitman was a man of the civil war era and in his poem “The Wound-Dresser” shows his life experiences in the war come full force in the way he conveys his contribution in the civil war. His view of the war as a wound-dresser and he describes some of the most horrendous scenes imaginable from the eyes of an everyday man. His poem “The Wound-Dresser” doesn’t show the war from a distance, but from right on the battlefield in its unedited version as written by Whitman. The way Whitman conveys his poems of the everyday man’s life in his time-period is presented by utilizing his realism style to connect to the audience and his gruesomely descriptive vocabulary.
In Walt Whitman’s “By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame” we see the poem being narrated from the perspective of a soldier in war who is settled on the floor as a procession winds around him. This soldier has experienced horrifying events from the battles and has lost many things because of it; nevertheless he continues the fight and soothes himself with thoughts of his loved. Whitman uses the word procession three different times in this poem and they all refer to the same type of procession because of the homogeneous terms he uses to describe each, because of the events he describes around him and his reference to the procession as thoughts. They all refer to the same procession because of the almost identical terms he uses to describe each. The
He entombs the religious values instilled in him from his youth. Finally, he inhumes the values of the British schooling system. However, the death of those values gives life to others. To replace his respect for authority, he learns a newfound loyalty to his fellow soldiers in the trenches. The abandonment of religious values leads way to accepting new stoic values.
In addition to tenacity another characteristic of a hero is courage. In the poem, Barbara Frietchie, John Whittier states, “she took up the flag and the men hauled down in her attic window she set the staff to show one heart was loyal.” In this statement, Barbara Fritchie means she wanted to show her loyalty to the country. In the story A soldier home after losing his leg in Afghanistan paragraph 8
In the end of the book when Scout offers to walk Boo home he is able to reflect on all the times he has been watching out for Scout and Jem. He knows in his heart that he only wanted the best for the two children and now that he has stepped out of his shadow he can really feel complete with his life choices towards the children. In relation to Boo finally emerging from his house; Boo saves the kids from Bob Ewell. When Scout and Jem were being attacked by Bob no one could’ve known what was happening or that they were in danger. Boo made it eminent to the kids that he had all along been watching out `for them when he runs out and saves their lives; returning Jem home safely as well as Scout in the process.
Literature review of “The Things they Carried” and “The White Heron.” The Things They Carried This is a collection of stories given by different narrators about their times and experiences as members of a platoon group of soldiers during the Vietnam War. There are at least three main narrators of the stories in the book, the author Tim O’Brien, Mitchell Sanders and Bob Kiley. The stories capture real life events of happenings on the battlefield and beyond but the author intentionally opts to portray the book as fictional rather than reality. In essence he justifies himself by claiming that it was difficult to account all these events especially after twenty years after the war. Furthermore, the characters in the book, his fellow soldiers contribute a lot to the stories within the book and the author isn’t sure that all the stories that they shared were genuinely true or were mere fairytales.
Parris is a very self-centered man and is very embedded in his place in the community. He is a preacher for the church of Salem and his niece and daughter have been “bewitched” or so he thinks. Parris believes what he does is just and that no one should oppose him. This is also why he refuses to let news about his niece and daughter get out, he doesn’t want people to overthrow his position. Parris is a static character due to his nature of unchanging personality wise throughout the crucible, he is always self-centered.