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Most of the items the soldiers carried depended on Specialty, mission, grunts and necessity in the battle field. According to specialty, the soldiers carried different items depending on their areas of specialization. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross being the leader carried various items such as binoculars, maps and pistols. Additionally, he also carried code books and strobe light because it was his responsibility to ensure his men were safe during the war (Bloom 85-89). Similarly, Rat Kiley who was a medic specialist carried malaria tablets, surgical tapes and morphine that were placed inside canvas satchels. All that was required by medic was carried including M & M’s that were used for treating bad wounds. Mitchell Sanders being a radio officer carried a PRC-radio, 26 pounds battery and a killer. Henry a foot soldier carried ammunition wrapped in belts and an M-60 machine gun. On the other hand, almost every person in the battle field carried photographs. For example, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross had two photographs a woman called Martha (Colella 24). The first photograph was a snapshot while the other one was clipped from the year book of Mount Sebastian.
According to necessity, the soldiers carried Military Payment Certificates, pocket knives, cans of water, dog tags, heat tabs, salt tablets, P-38 can openers, sewing kits and rations. These items were averaged between 15-20 pounds in accordance to an individual’s metabolic rate. These items were necessary in the war. For example, they had to take water when thirsty. Jensen who had knowledge in the field of hygiene carried dental floss, soap and a toothbrush. Ted lavender carried tranquilizers because he was always scared. Kiowa who was staunch Baptist always carried an illustrated New Testament that his father gave. As a necessity, all soldiers carried steel helmets including a camouflage cover and a liner. They also carried fatigue trousers and jackets to relieve them from fatigue. Moreover, the
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The existence of blame is associated with a person’s sense of responsibility. Thus, in everyday life, blame is commonly present as what had been represented by the characters in the book during the death of one of them. Although it is inevitable to feel blame, letting it take over a person’s decision making is unproductive.
O’Brien goes ahead to imagine on the life history of this Viet soldier and visualizes the man as a scholar who took on the obligation to protect his village. According to O’Brien description, he says that his jaws were in his throat, and the man’s upper lip together with his teeth ware missing.
In this war women had convinced roles they had to complete with many of them being non-traditional ones. (O'Brien 1990)
Customarily women in the war were nurses; women labored for the Red Cross or worked in other kind of health talent. In addition you found women who were on the secretarial staff and who were Support workers.
Nobody hears nothing".
For Tim O'Brien, war is brutal and senseless; it is a sharp divergence between civilian and military society, between home front and battlefront. During the first weeks of war, civilian youths are transformed into soldiers. They form cohesive male fighting groups, bands of brothers.
The photo of his girlfriend is the only thing which helps him to overcome depression and emotional burden. Thus, Tim O'Brien points out that Ted's romantic relationships with the girlfriend are over, still Lieutenant Cross hopes for love and sympathy.
Lieutenant Cross expresses his love and romantic feelings to Martha, thus he knows that she has other boyfriends and will not wait him for too long.
These involved items that were useful to their stay at the war front and those that kept them going. The items carried include items that were for personal pleasure and those that kept the people entertained during war. The catchiest item of all was
The most significant of all the beautiful features of this work is doubtlessly the wonderful logic and the active participation of reality O’Brien provides for each incident that is described in different stories. The reading is