The Things They Carried

What is the role of women in the book "The Things They Carried?"

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the asnwer is that they have it own their nid that it hurts them thats all

Women serve as thematic vehicles in many respects. First there is the Sweetheart of the Tra Bong who's real name was Mary Anne. She was the girlfriend of a soldier who shipped her over to be with him. Because of her exposure to the war and the harsh reality of killing, she changes from a sweet, innocent blonde, to a killing machine that wears human tongues as necklaces.

Other women, such as Martha, stand symbolistically as things that were left behind, dreams not realized, or unattainable goals.