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The Things They Carried Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 10 Summary

Tim O'Brien
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Chapter 10 Summary

Henry Dobbins is a good man; not that sophisticated, but a large, good-hearted man. Around his neck, Dobbins wears a pair of his girlfriend's pantyhose. They are a reminder for him of the comforts of home. They also serve as a talisman of sorts; at first, the men joke about this but when Dobbins repeatedly avoids harm, they all begin to believe. Eventually, Dobbins' girlfriend breaks up with him, but he is fine, and tells the soldiers he still loves her, and that the magic doesn't go away. They are all relieved.

Chapter 10 Analysis

Again, this chapter deals with the power of reality and the reality that can be created from a story. The men know in their minds that the pantyhose are not really protecting Henry Dobbins, but they create a reality around them that makes them seem magical. In the end, they are relieved because...

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