Theme Of War In The Things They Carried

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War has had a big impact in history from taking land or gaining power it has always changed the way that society views the world. Some people believe having wars are good but others believe that wars are really bad. Over time soldiers have had problems when they get home sometimes having mental breakdowns. During the time in war most soldiers usually have something to do either to have fun or just take their mind off of the war. In Tim O’Brien’s story “The Things They Carried” follows a small group of men in a war that explains what personal belongings each one of them have other than what they are required to have. The story’s main theme that the characters are faced was fear witch result to them having hope and escaping from reality. During…show more content…
Ted lavender has a unique last name. Lavender is also an herb that is used to relax a person after a long stressful day. In Sandy Cullen’s article “Lavender works well in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and laundry room” she writes “Not only is lavender arguably the loveliest of herbs, with its delicate floral wands rising majestically above mounds of silver-gray leaves, its versatility makes it an amazing workhorse. It can clean and disinfect laundry, soothe sore muscles, ease tensions and aid relaxation (4).” Like the herd ted is said to have premium dope on him at all times. He usually uses the dope to be relaxed and get his mind cleared up from what he’s seen in the war so far. Dope much like lavender is used to get someone relaxed but as dope is much stronger he might also be using the drug to in some way escape reality at all…show more content…
Sanders is said to have been carrying condoms with him. To most soldiers it is so he can meet a girl during the war but to the general public it means something else. A condom is used for sex to protect both partners from contacting an STD. The condom in the story has to meanings one that come with sex and the other one that is protection. In a war most of the soldiers wear many things to be protected from anything that comes their way. Much like a condom Mitchell wants to be protected at all
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