It was not possible for any soldier to carry many items or burdens with them, but if something was a necessity, a way was found to carry it, and coping mechanisms were a necessity to survive the war. He also accepts responsibility for Kiowa's death; Cross thinks his own lack of judgment caused Kiowa's death. Inside they see dozens of candles burning and hear tribal music. He writes that he loved her with a pure and intense love. Instead, he focuses on the soldiers' experience of the voices, which he considers more relevant and concrete. We mean, come on: He's an American Indian so, an original American , he's morally the most awesome character in the book, and he drowns in a field of sewage. Rat Kiley is a medic and carries medical supplies.
Lieutenant Jimmy Cross walks with pictures of Martha all over Vietnam. They want to find him and send his body home in a helicopter and try to forget him. Throughout the first chapters he tells the reader about the things troops carried with them throughout the war. The character himself is a tough-guy braggart, hiding his insecurities behind his bravado. Fearing death was part of human nature and it was felt by the soldiers around him.
A childish and careless member of the Alpha Company who is killed when he steps on a rigged mortar round. The soldiers carry items varying from pantyhose, medicine, tanning oil, and pictures. The two continue not to speak, and Berhdal never brings up what is apparently bothering O'Brien. They carried the common secret of cowardice. Ironically, although her soldier boyfriend brings her over to be a comfort while he is in the midst of war, in the end, Mary Anne's conversion makes her hungrier for adventure than he is. The inner feelings of Cross would be mistakenly question of its worth. Instead of mourning the loss of his friend, Jensen is glad the pact the two made is now non-existent.
When Cross begins to forget Martha and plan for the war more in depth, he transforms from an innocent teenager to a strong soldier. Now and then, however, there were times of panic, when they squealed or wanted to squeal but couldn't, when they twitched and made moaning sounds and covered their heads and said Dear Jesus and flopped around on the earth and fired their weapons blindly and cringed and sobbed and begged for the noise to stop and went wild and made stupid promises to themselves and to God and to their mothers and fathers, hoping not to die. O'Brien explains that a true war story is impossible to tell. His father teaches Sunday school, and he likes the way it feels inside churches. This experience represents how love is not a luxury that the group of men can afford. Kiowa's repetition of the same information is characterized as the reliving of an event in order to relieve stress, as described by Shay and van der Kolk and van der Hart. He won't take the blame for Kiowa's death after all.
By making up a story, O'Brien can 'make things present. New York: Broadway Books, 1998. In certain situations you could do incredible things, you could advance toward enemy fire, but in other situations, which were not nearly so bad, you had trouble keeping your eyes open. The soldiers carry not just things but social obligations. These men were forced to discover and invent new ways to deal with the pressures of war, using only their resources while in the Vietnamese jungle.
The narrator calls Kiowa his closest friend in the platoon, and depicts Kiowa attempting to comfort him after he kills a man. The overall method of presentation of this story incorporated many different outlooks on the things the soldiers carried, dealt with, and were forced to adapt to. Although these stories are unique and vastly different from one another, they have dual reoccurring themes. It doesn't matter what the moral is, there just has to be one! I tried to swallow whatever was rising from my stomach, which tasted like lemonade, something fruity and sour. It is one of the worst moments of the war. Judgment Eventually, Kiowa is killed as a result of Jimmy Cross's poor judgment. They both emphasize the consequences in which men face whom engaged in combat overseas during both the Vietnam War and the Gulf War.
He killed him with a grenade. All men carry the figurative weight of memory and the literal weight of one another. This is much different from his earlier days were he could not understand that. When he gets reflective about Ted Lavender's death, we know that he's also a good guy. They went on a single date, to see the movie Bonnie and Clyde. This also explains the effect of death on military life.
Beyond anything else, he was afraid of disgracing himself, and therefore his family and village. Ultimately, although he has no one to share these memories with, he finds catharsis in imagined conversations. First, his initials are J. Why would you obsessively try to get the details of this one man's death just right, only to tell us it didn't happen? He teaches O'Brien how to articulate pain through storytelling, the particular pain of Kiowa's death to the wastefulness of war. In this chapter, Cross is described to be carrying the pictures and letters that he has from Martha. After this tragic event Jimmy Cross makes a decision to scorch away his grief and sorrow by burning the keepsakes he has collected from Martha.
But he wanted to provoke the same feelings in the reader that he felt on the trail. He thinks that he made a mistake letting his men camp on this riverbank. Kiowa describes seeing Ted Lavender die and says it was like watching a rock drop to the ground. It's up on a library shelf, so you're safe and everything, but the book hasn't been checked out for a long, long time. In this telling, O'Brien gets into the gory detail of 'peeling' Lemon's body parts off the tree.
He is haunted by the cutting knowledge that his aff-ection will most likely never be returned. He finally admits that he has a fear of the dentist going back to his childhood. He would shut down the daydreams. He is also a devout and a Native American that occasionally feels contempt and distrust towards white people. Lemon is essentially blown to pieces, and it's not pretty…or is it? He was a soldier and a fighter defending his country.