The Things They Carried - Chapter 20 Summary & Analysis

Tim O'Brien
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Chapter 20 Summary

Tim was shot twice during the war. The first time, he was tended to by Rat Kiley, who knew exactly what to do and came back to check on him several times. He was airlifted to the hospital, and when he got back 26 days later, there was a new medic named Bobby Jorgenson. When Tim is shot the second time, it takes Jorgenson so long to muster the courage to get to him that he almost dies of shock; to make it worse, Jorgenson botches dressing the wound, and Tim develops gangrene on his butt. As he recovers in the hospital, all Tim can think of is revenge on Jorgenson, especially because he feels his wound is humiliating due to its placement. After this second wound, he is transferred to a re-supply unit, which is a much safer company. He is happy in some ways, but misses...

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