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Women Roles Throughout The Things They Carried

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Leslie Solis

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Women Roles Throughout Tim O'Brien The Things They Carried Four Main Types of Women in the Novel: The Things They Carried Summary -Martha




-Linda




-Kathleen




-Girl Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carries letters from a girl named Martha, a girl who he was in love with. Although the letters are signed, "Love, Martha" he understands that it's not the type of love he hopes it to be. He also carries photographs of Martha, a necklace, and the memory of the day he went to the movies with her.
One day they are ordered to destroy tunnels, Cross begins to imagine the tunnels collapsing on him and Martha, and whether she is a virgin or not. As he ponders, Lavender, is shot. Cross begins to blame himself, he feels guilty about not being able to protect his men. He burns Martha's letters, and pictures. He realizes that his job is not to be loved but to lead. O'Brien uses their story to show a common trend between soldiers and the separation created by the war. Martha is a symbol of love, and represents the wife's, and girlfriends of soldiers in the war. Although she is just Cross's friend, the reader can understand what the soldiers feel from being away. Martha is Cross's love, and as he fantasies over her, one of his men is killed. That represents danger. Soldiers thinking about their loves, causes them to not put all of their attention into the war, and it can lead to death (like in Cross's case) In the end, there's a realization over the war. Love in the war shouldn't be an option. In wars, it's all about focus.

LOVE (MARTHA)=DEATH (DANGER) ---->Love and Danger



---->Death




---->Enabler




---->Life Carries On Linda (O'Briens Childhood Love) Martha(Lt. Jimmy Cross's First Love) After a village is burned down near he South China Sea, Dave Jensen makes fun at a dead older man, and asks O'Brien to join him. O'Brien refuses, and thinks back to his first date, Linda. They went to the movies, in the fourth grade, and by the end of the night, he knew he was in love.
O’Brien later explains that Linda had a brain tumor and soon died. As time passed, he began to have daydreams and night dreams, making up stories about Linda, imagining her, and bringing her back to life. She was his comfort, telling him it didn't matter that she was dead.O’Brien says that in Vietnam, the soldiers devised ways to make the dead seem less dead;they kept them alive with stories. In stories, O'Brien concludes, the dead still live. Linda (O'Briens Childhood Love) Dies at age 9 due to brain tumor. Her role is to give O'Brien a reason to write stories: to immortalize the dead. Those who die can be revitalized through story telling, Linda is O'Briens prime example of his belief that story telling aids the healing process of pain, confusion, and sadness that comes with unexpected death. After her death, he uses his imagination to bring her back to life, depicting that the dead can still be alive through literature. Experience with Linda explains why he can deal with death so well in Vietnam. Kathleen, O'Brien's daughter, asks her father if he has ever killed anyone. Kathleen believes that O'Brien keeps writing war stories since he killed someone. Although O'Brien did kill someone, he insisted on telling his daughter that he hasn't killed anyone, since Kathleen is just none years old. O'Brien begins to reflect on his lie, and imagines that his daughter is an adult, and imagines that he might tell her the story of My Khe. Ambush Summary O'Brien is retelling the same story as the passage "The Man I Killed." The difference being that in "The Man I killed" the story is being told in a third person point of view, and in this passage it is being told in a first person point of view. O'Brien leaves out no detail. , so that the taste and feeling and sense of the day he killed a man outside of My Khe is entirely intact. In this way, “Ambush” differs greatly from “The Man I Killed.” Why?
This is indented due to O'brien's audience in "Ambush." How this passage differs from "The Man I Killed Passage" The enabler for O'Briens story's that "aren't true." Like the reader, she is learning the war stories, but has the ability to question O'Brien. She is an enabler because he has to be careful on how he words his stories, since she is just 8 years old. Kathleen (Enabler) O'Brien lists physical objects that the soldiers carry as an emotional gateway to the burdens that the soldiers bear. The prime example here is the necessity for the soldiers to confront the tension between reality and fantasy. Cross thinks that because he was so obsessed with his fantasy of Martha and the life they might lead after the war, he was negligent. He sees Ted Lavender’s death as the result of his negligence. This passage illustrates the conflict between love and war, and the dangers that come in between. Analyze This passage outlines the intimate relationship between life and death. "The Living Dead" has a larger purpose than just explaining what it is like to be in a war. Throughout this story are smaller stories about death in Vietnam that lead back to the story of O’Brien himself; a man who writes in order to make sense of his life, especially in relation to others’ deaths. Analyze A Vietnamese girl dances throughout her burned village, where her family was killed. The soldiers don't understand why she is dancing. Azar contends that the dance is a strange ritual, but Dobbins insists that the girl probably just likes to dance. Style Summary "The Vietnamese girl’s dancing despite the lack of music makes clear an innate human ability to find pleasure even during moments of abject horror." Analyze The four roles of women in the story are overlooked as the tale of Mary Anne Belle, a girl who becomes "one with the land" overshadows the other girls significance. Even though Mary's story shows how women should have been deemed equal during the war, the novel was more about war and the effects associated with it than equality of the sexes. The End.
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