All Is Not Fair In Love And War Analysis

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All is Not Fair in Love and War First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is wrong for allowing his infatuation with a girl named Martha to distract him from the Vietnam war and his responsibilities as a lieutenant. Throughout the story, Cross’ thoughts are constantly focused on Martha instead of the war or the men he is charged with leading and ultimately protecting. Because of Cross’ clouded thoughts and poor leadership, Ted Lavender, a soldier in his platoon, is shot and killed. Cross blames himself, knowing “He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead…” (p. 121). First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is distracted by his infatuation for Martha, which ultimately results in Ted Lavender’s death, forcing Cross to realize his fantasies for Martha are wrong and that he is not fulfilling his duties as a lieutenant. Lieutenant Cross is inattentive to the war and his responsibilities because he is unable and unwilling to stop thinking about his adoration for Martha. Along with his military gear, O’Brien states, “Lieutenant Jimmy Cross humped his love for Martha up the hills and through the swamps” (p. 115). Cross loves Martha, and “More than anything, he wanted Martha to love him as he loved her” (p. 114), but is unsure of whether she loves him back. Despite his uncertainty, …show more content…

Throughout the text, Cross “could not stop thinking about [Martha]” (p. 116), unable to concentrate on the war or the men he is charged with leading. Consequently, Cross’ distraction and inadequate leadership result in Lavender’s death. Cross finds himself accountable because “he loved [Martha] more than anything, more than his men, and now Ted Lavender was dead because he loved her so much and could not stop thinking about her” (p.

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