But the feeling evoked is similar: static lists make the characters seem already dead, prematurely mourned. His characters carry the modern implements of war. Curt was always posturing to make himself appear better to others. Ted Lavender adopted a puppy that Azar blew up. However, Cross begins to doubt Martha's love for him. Lavender carried extra rounds for protection but still got shot dead, showing death in war does not reward the prepared. He began to fidget and fumble with his dog tags.
Linda started wearing a red cap, and when it was yanked off it was revealed that she was bald due to chemotherapy for a brain tumor. This causes the people who are drafted into the mutual hate to band together to live. First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross of Alpha Company is carrying letters from a girl named Martha that he loves from back at college, though he doesn't believe she loves him. O'Brien presents to his readers both a war memoir and a writer's autobiography, and complicates this presentation by creating a fictional protagonist who shares his name. However, he appears to be Tim O'Brien's best friend in the company. The theme of believing in the people around you and having reliable people with you comes from the time period being filled with people who are opposed to the action of war.
The area is so isolated that one of the soldiers flies his hometown girlfriend in by helicopter. At first regularly antagonized by one another, the two are drawn toward respect and friendship by the stress and horrors of warfare. There was so little action there that one soldier, Mark Fossie, snuck his girlfriend Mary Anne Bell in by helicopter. He was unable to be brave and follow his conscience. Bowker drives repeatedly around a lake in his hometown, reminiscing about the night Kiowa died. However, when Strunk is actually hurt, he begs Jensen to spare him, and Jensen complies. One of the men returns from urinating and gets shot in the head.
O'Brien recalls Kiowa teaching Rat Kiley and Dave Jensen a rain dance. Years after the war, the two spent an afternoon together remembering their friends and those who were killed. When Dobbins' girlfriend breaks up with him, he still wears the stockings and says the magic didn't leave. At first Cross is reading Martha's letters each night and imagines what she is doing. At that moment he finds himself unable to do what he feels he must do. Kiowa often helps other soldiers deal with their own actions, such as taking the lives of other human beings. When the inevitable happens and a soldier is killed, extra tension stems from the fact that Cross knows he is responsible.
He decided to just wait. Mitchell Sanders sends his body lice to his hometown draft board. These stories remain even after the meaning fades away. He failed the first major test of his young life. They went on a date, and then she died of a brain tumor. As Bowker drives around a lake in his Iowa hometown, he thinks that he failed to save Kiowa, who was killed when a mortar round hit and caused him to sink headfirst into a marshy field. He uses the letters, photographs, and the small stone she has sent him as a way of connecting to the world outside of Vietnam.
In the end, she becomes a killer and disappears into the mountains by herself. Summary of Chapter In the chapter entitled 'The Dentist,' the narrator reflects on his comrade Curt Lemon's death. Cross blames himself for Lavender's death, as he was fantasizing about Martha when Lavender was shot. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is a lieutenant and so he carries a different kind of gun and the responsibility to protect his men. A death in the squad under his supervision causes Cross to reconsider his priorities, and, heartbroken, he burns and throws away all reminders of Martha in order to stave off dangerous distractions.
Strunk dies in the chopper, and Jensen appears relieved. He reflects on the medals he won in Vietnam, and imagines telling his father about both these and the medals he did not win. In a vengeful prank against a medic who nearly killed him with his negligence and then took his place in the brotherhood of the platoon, Tim creates a story that nearly drives the medic insane. Then he breaks his own nose with a pistol and asks Strunk if they're even. Like O'Brien, he is also a storyteller and is portrayed as a mentor. On April 16, Lee Strunk draws the number to go down. Readers learned in a previous chapter that Curt was blown up by a booby trap.
He hesitates to disappoint them. O'Brien states that none of it mattered. This section contains 541 words approx. In mid-April they had to search and then destroy the tunnels near Than Khe. O'Brien is given the opportunity to escape; however, the societal pressures are too much for him. This channel discusses and reviews books, novels, and short stories through drawing. Every night, Henry Dobbins and Norman Bowker dig a foxhole and play checkers.
Later, Kiowa drowns in a field that's literally full of poop, and we start to talk about blame. Dobbins claims that even though he isn't religious, he would like to be a preacher to be able to talk to people and be nice and kind, but not all the hard stuff or all the religious stuff. As we go through the book—which does not flow chronologically, btw—we're told a lot of things. In The Things They Carried, O'Brien plays with the genre of ; he writes using. Cross considers this a heavy burden. Then, later at night, he returned to the dental tent. He remembers seeing Kiowa's boot and trying to pull but Kiowa was too stuck so Bowker fled.