The first thing a medic must do is take care of wounded in his platoon, and then fight the enemy as well. Rat Kiley was a medic who did all the above and much more. Throughout his time as a medic Rat’s actions time and time again surpassed what was expected of him as he gave others the reconciliation they needed at the time, putting others before himself. For example when Tim explains Rat’s approach to his job saying, “As a medic, Rat Kiley carried a canvas satchel filled with morphine… and comic books and all the things a medic must carry, including M&M’s for especially bad wounds.” (O’Brien, 5).This quote was the first real evidence of the extraordinary lengths that he would go to in order to ensure that he kept his platoon not only healthy but sane as well. The M&Ms were a symbol of childhood memories and the comic books were a reminder of home, and of what it was like before they all became licensed killers. Like the others Rat was just a kid, and many of the experiences of war were not meant for kids; but Rat took it upon himself to help the others as much as possible. In addition to his ability to sooth the soul of a injured...
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...s able to reconcile with himself he could finally start over and begin to forget some of the events he witnessed.
Rat’s self-denial of the experiences he had allowed him to care for many others who were in pain during the war, and supported the theme of “acting like a soldier,” but one event would eventually shift that role from being a soldier to being broken. In Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried, Rat Kiley was a very dynamic character that undergoes two main transitions on his way to reconciliation as he gives strength as a medic to those in need in one half of the novel and experiencing major trauma to allow him to receive reconciliation himself in the other. At the end of the day, it must be true that even the greatest heroes must allow themselves to be relieved of all the pain and suffering felt before because being a hero is not an easy task to handle.
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