The Things They Carried: Psychological Side

The Important Things They Carried

Christian Hernandez Professor Sarah Cantrell English 1102 “The Things They Brought”: Psychological side The story of “The Things They Carried” written by Tim O’brien gives a good outlook on how the Soldiers feel and think throughout the war. The story describes the various things that the soldiers carry with them while at war. O’Brien speaks about the different products in excellent information such as weight, color, sizes and shape however he also offers remarkable information about not just their personalities, however a lot more about their feelings with the individual things they carried with them.

Every object that the males bring when they go to war plays a psychological touch in their lives. There are particular things that they brought with them in order to have the strengths needed to sacrifice their lives for their country. Soldiers carry things for good luck such as images, letters, bears, good luck appeals, a pebble, rabbit’s foot, and much more fascinating things with limitless significance. Despite The Fact That Tim O’Brien does not explain the emotional side of the story in deep, it provides the reader a good sense of it through the eyes of the soldiers.

For example, O’Brien describes how a soldier cares and love this lady genuine “In his wallet, Lieutenant Cross brought 2 photos of Martha. The very first was a Kodacolor picture signed Love, though he knew better. “(O’brien 4). When Tim O’Brien discusses” he understood much better” he was referring that the love of Martha to Cross did not actually existed. Nevertheless, Cross had such a strong bond with these two pictures that it even kept Cross alive on the inside. These two gorgeous pictures of Martha were the ones that would comfort him at the moment of stress or when he felt lonely.

It is remarkable how these 2 merely pictures would take Lieutenant Cross away to another world and offer him a sense of peace and relaxation. In his mind, Lieutenant Cross would think that Martha loves him back as he loves her unconditionally. He would reflect and keep in mind memories, as Tim O’brien states “Jimmy Cross humped his love for Martha up the hills and through the swamps … Lieutenant Cross remembered touching [her] left knee. A dark theater, he kept in mind, … when he touched her knee, she turned and looked at him in a sad, sober manner in which made him pull his restore, however he would always keep in mind” (83 ).

The author provides to the reader numerous information that argument the love that Lieutenant Cross feels for Martha is exceptionally huge and this is the reason that these memories can comfort him the way they do. O’Brien provides a great deal of emotional weight for the reader and makes the reader feel just as the way Lieutenant Cross feels through his eyes. However, whatever returns to the truth of war but the only distinction is that Lieutenant Cross feels stronger just by looking at the pictures and keeping in mind back when they were in the cinema.

It is amazing how out of the numerous heavy things that the soldiers carry, the one thing that they can not physically bring is not just the most powerful weapon however also the one with the heaviest weight in the soldiers’ mind. I am not talking about the pictures, or the lucky beauties or the rabbit’s leg; rather, I am speaking about the strong psychological feelings that the soldiers brought with them 24/7 and how it gets stronger and more powerful every time they read or see their individual thing that they carry.

Like Lieutenant Cross, there are numerable soldiers that take with them meaningful items that connects back to memories and from those memories to psychological sensations. As I was doing my research I found numerous posts that discuss the important things the soldiers bring which are things that have an emotional sensation in their life. In an interview sponsored by ABC News, the press reporter ask some of the soldier that were being deployed what they were bring with them for excellent luck, and these were a few of the answers. “”Fernando Gonzalez pulls a flat, flowered heart from his left breast pocket, and checks out the poem engraved”. ‘Love is just a little word, but its significance is quite clear– it means that you remain in my heart, every day throughout the year,'” he states. “I keep that in my pocket, simply to get me through. “” (Koppel 2003). “”I have actually got a teddy bear my partner sent to me for Valentine’s Day,” a big guy with a soft voice states, sharing the fortunate appeal that he keeps safe from the sand in a zip-lock bag. The little brown bear holds a heart sewed with gold x’s and o’s. “Hugs and kisses,” the soldier says, as trucks get ready in the desert beside him” (Koppel 2003).

Not just Lieutenant Cross or the soldiers in the story “The important things They Carried” share these resemblances but perhaps all the soldiers in the world share it when it pertains to psychological sensations related with a personal thing. They take these memorable and significant things with them that possibly for some people is nothing big, however for them, it is basically their life and like a fellow soldier mention, simply to get them through. Not just have those things played a psychological sensation in the soldiers live but also a little bit of their background. Out of all the sacrifices that the soldiers make, the cultural side likewise plays a huge part.

They have to do things that they are not used to such as showering with cold water and even not taking a shower for days. Also, consuming can food or different kinds of food that they are not familiar with. O’Brian takes you to an entire brand-new level when he explains the essential things they bring” Amongst the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, watches, pet dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy, cigarettes, salt tablets, packages of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, stitching sets, Military Payment Certificates, C provisions, and 2 or three canteens of water. (82 ). All of these products have things in common such as the taste of the food back home or perhaps the taste of water. The taste of water differs enormously among every nation, and this could be a difficulty for some soldiers. Some individuals may question if it is worth going through the sacrifices that the soldiers make every time they fight. For a soldier, this response will always be yes. It takes an unique kind of person to sign a document specifying; Yes, I want to crave my county even if that day were to come tomorrow. The soldiers need to face lose and get every day.

This is a never ending roller rollercoaster of emotions that they have to face and feel every day, from one fellow soldier passing away to finishing a mission. That is a lot for a man or women to handle everyday, but they are still willing to go through this for their county and the people they enjoy. The soldier have each other to lean on or fall back on while they exist so that they form a various type of relationship bond with one another which it might be a lot various bond if that individual was back in the house and not in a soldier’s shoes.

When a fellow soldier dies he/she is described as a fallen soldier “The fallen are soldiers who have actually passed away in battle” (Collins Cobuild 2003). When a soldier’s pal or fellow soldier dies in fight it generates a great deal of unhappiness, hurt, and frightened feeling for that soldier. As Lieutenant Cross stated in the story “becoming good friend with somebody and after that someone gets eliminated” this shows that the soldiers already understand that their buddy might soon pass away or maybe themselves. Likewise, even though they have already cknowledged that death might be coming their method, they stay strong and hope that moment does not to take place. O’Brien gives a good declaration in the story that speaks about death “They were actors. When someone passed away, it wasn’t rather dying, due to the fact that in a curious way it seemed scripted, and because they had their lines mostly remembered, paradox blended with tragedy, and due to the fact that they called it by other names, as if to encyst and damage the truth of death itself.” (O’Brien 6). The soldier’s would feel feeling about death but at the same time they were uncertain how to reveal it so they would try to cover it up within.

They had ways to let escape their true sensations at times, whether it is by thinking of a fond memory they had, holding their fortunate beauties, or looking at photos of their likes ones. They would attempt to be tough men carrying around weapons and combating all the time however when it boiled down to the fact about their emotions and feelings they resembled any other weak human when it concerned dealing with death. Even though sacrifices require to be made in order to be a complimentary country, we should always remember and understand what those males and female are doing for us. We must never ever take it for grant it.

They go through up and down psychological sensations that maybe they will constantly keep in mind for the rest of their lives. Emotional feelings related to memories such as among the soldier dying in front of their eyes. I am grateful and really gratified for all of the bold males and females out there fighting for our liberty and risking their lives for ours. Next time we think about our troops, we must pray and thanks to god and to them for living in the best country in the world. Bibliography Bloom, Harold. “CHARACTERS; Characteristics in Literature FICTITIOUS Characters. EBSCOhost– Worlda? ™ s Foremost Premium Research study Database Service. 2005. Web. 17 Nov. 2011.; http://search. ebscohost. com/login. aspx? direct=true;. Koppel, Ted. “What Soldiers Bring for Excellent Luck– ABC News.” ABCNews. com: Daily News, Breaking News and Video Broadcasts– ABC News. Web. 12 Nov. 2011.; http://abcnews. go. com/Nightline/story? id=128487;. Roberts, Edgar V., and Henry E. Jacobs. Literature: an Introduction to Reading and Composing. Fourth ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2008. Print. Wrenne, Jules. “Physical and Psychological Problems in The Things

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