The Things They Carried - Study Guide Chapter 6 Summary & Analysis

Tim O'Brien
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Chapter 6 Summary

After this, Jensen and Strunk become close friends, doing everything together. They even go so far as to draw up a pact between them that if one of them sustains a life altering wound, the other will end his life for him. Then Strunk steps on a mine and loses half a leg. His main concern is that he will tell Jensen not to kill him; Jensen says he won't. When Strunk dies en route to a hospital, Jensen seems relieved of an enormous weight.

Chapter 6 Analysis

Because we have seen the progression of their friendship from chapter 5, we know there is a unique bond here. In some ways, it seems Jensen and Strunk were trying to hold on to some sort of reality with this bond; by making the pact, they seem to acknowledge danger in a way most of the men do not. However, when...

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