In O’Brien’s story “The Things They Carried”, Jimmy Cross thinks the death of his comrades, Ted Lavender is his fault but it’s not. Jimmy Cross was only 22 year old too young to be First Lieutenant. Jimmy Cross’s obsession with Martha reading and a daydreaming about her letters. In which Jimmy Cross’s mind could escape from the ugliness of the war. In Vietnam War, being a strong leader over the troop is impossible the war’s mission are undefined.
Jimmy Cross, being only twenty-four years old, was very inexperienced, as were most of the others serving in Vietnam. Tim O’Brien said it best, “He was just a kid at war, in love” (600). This quote sums up Lt. Cross completely, he was just an inexperienced kid at war and his immaturity led him to be blinded by love and put love before responsibility. He did not intend for anyone to get hurt, he was just too young and inexperienced to realize how important his role as First Lieutenant really was. After facing different things in the story, he gains some experience and realizes how important... ... middle of paper ... ... for Lt. Cross and sparked his drastic change in attitude.
Cross then burns the letters and pulls himself together to be there for his men. Since these soldier are of such a young age the emotions and burdens are highly intensified. The men that were drafted for Vietnam were in their late teens to early twenties. They had absolutely no concept of killing. These young men were students or boyfriends, they had no idea how to handle the loss of a fellow soldier who they have forged a friendship with.
In O’Brien’s short story “The Things They Carried”, Jimmy Cross thinks the death of his comrades, Ted Lavender is his fault but it’s not. Jimmy Cross was only 22-year-old too young to be First Lieutenant. Jimmy Cross’s obsession with Martha reading and daydreaming about her letters. In which Jimmy Cross’s mind could escape from the ugliness of the war. In the Vietnam War, being a strong leader over the unit is impossible the war’s mission are undefined.
In “The Dentist” Curt Lemon had a more than healthy tooth ripped out to prove he was brave. This wasn 't really a form of courage but more of a shield to protect himself from the fear and weakness that drove him to dislike the dentist in the first place. In “On the Rainy River” Tim does not believe in the war. He has no clue why the war even began in the first place, and has no idea who the president of North Vietnam is for that matter. Tim believes that he is “above” the war but the pressure from his community forces him to be shipped off to war.
The novel “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’ Brien takes place in the Vietnam War. The protagonist, Lieutenant Cross, is a soldier who is madly in love with a college student named Martha. He carries around photos and letters from her. However, the first few chapters illustrate how this profound love makes him weak in the war. Lieutenant Cross is a character who, until the death of a soldier, has been very loose and not taken the war seriously.
The Forgotten Age of men in WWI had to return to a harsh, unforgiving world in which they had no experience. Old men had it better off, because they knew how to deal with their pain and stress from the war. Unfortunately, the young men could not handle their emotions so they could go into the normal world. To these lamentable young men the world was foreign and strange, many of them did not return from the war but the few that did faced more hardship than their fallen comrades. Erich Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front showed the true inner battle of emotion, these young men went through during and after the war that the prepared, older soldiers did not face.
Jimmy Cross was one of them. As his obsession with Martha grew, he no longer had his eyes on what was important like staying alive and protecting his fellow soldiers. One day outside of the village Than Khe, in mid-April, a soldier by the name of Ted Lavender was shot in the head. Jimmy feels great guilt over Ted’s death because he is responsible for the entire team of soldiers. Due to his obsession, he ended up losing a life on his team and it was a preventable death.
Due to his injuries Joe was isolated from the rest of the world. This made it so that he didn’t even know if he was awake or sleeping. He kept having flashbacks to the war and to his life previous to the war. Then when he realized that his life was over he wanted to end it but he had no power to. He told others through morse code but they denied him death.
Soldiers must endure these visions in their mind. To be immune to these memories would be abnormal. Secondly, soldiers feel that death would bring peace to them. This is shown in Slaughterhouse Five because Billy Pilgrim faces depression. He “didn’t really like life at all.”(Vonnegut 102).