The Things They Carried Essay | Student Essay

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Character Comparison in Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried"

Summary: A comparison of Jimmy Cross and Kiowa, two characters in the story "The Things they Carried" by Tim O'Brien. Keywords: war, Vietnam, Vietnam War, soldiers, military, Native Americans
The central theme of the story is the age-old conflict of life and death. On a more personal level with First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, the round character and protagonist of "The Things They Carried", it is a conflict of love, his antagonist and of war.

The author, Tim O'Brien, is writing about an experience of a tour in the Vietnam conflict. This short story deals with inner conflicts of some individual soldiers and how they chose to deal with the realities of the Vietnam conflict, each in their own individual way as men, as soldiers.

There were certain items or supplies that each soldier needed to possess that aided in their survival. Other items were discretionary or optional, not entirely important for the survival of the soldier. The optional items carried or possessed were like a crutch. They were not necessarily...

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