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They all think about ways to leave the war, but don't leave because they would shame themselves and their families. Active Themes The things they carry are determined by superstition: Lieutenant Jimmy Cross' pebble, Dave Jensen's rabbit foot, Norman Bowker carries a dead man's thumb that was a gift from Mitchell Sanders. He thinks about her love of poetry and her smooth skin. He decides he will get rid of the pebble, get rid of the rest of Ted Lavender's drugs, accept all the blame for Lavender's death. Now in Vietnam he wishes that he had taken her upstairs and tied her up and touched her knee all night long. The thumb story and Sanders' claim that there is no moral shows there is no meaning, no obvious right or wrong, in war, nor is there a right or wrong in a war story. The list of characters' ranks and positions adds to the reader's understanding of life as a soldier. The medic, Rat Kiley, carries morphine, malaria tablets, and supplies for serious wounds. In mid-April they had to search and then destroy the tunnels near Than Khe. The rest of the story, Rat says, is based on hearsay and rumor — he was told that Mary Anne disappeared completely, but the Green Berets often reported feeling watched and were convinced that Mary Anne was still out there in her pink sweater, a part of the jungle, ready to kill. They believed they had to uphold a certain kind of behavior. Everyone else carries a standard M with a standard 25 rounds of ammo, but Ted Lavender was carrying 34 rounds and his fear when he was shot outside Than Khe. It's an endless, awful cycle and the stories repetitive structure might also be described as cyclical Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations That night Kiowa talks about what it was like to see Ted Lavender die. The things they carry are also determined by their rank or specialty. When they stop for the evening, Cross digs a foxhole in the ground and sits at the bottom of it, crying.

On the way back from going to the bathroom, Lavender is shot, falling especially hard under the burden of his loaded backpack.

The things they carry are also determined by their rank or specialty.

Ted lavenders death the things they carried

Lieutenant Jimmy Cross checks the tunnel when he gets concerned about Lee Strunk, but he can only think of Martha and the tunnel collapsing on the both of them. Active Themes The things they carry are determined by necessity and what the army mandates, but also by each soldiers' personal quirks. Martha is an English major who writes letters that quote lines of poetry and never mention the war. They went on a single date, to see the movie Bonnie and Clyde. He reads them carefully, and decides her letters are "chatty. Strunk is in the more precarious situation, while Lavender is just off peeing. Copy to Clipboard. Mitchell Sanders carries condoms. Kiowa's high esteem for Cross and the reader's view of Cross from Cross' perspective are contrasted to show how differently each soldier perceived the other. They believed they had to uphold a certain kind of behavior. They burn Than Khe. Instead, they comfort themselves with thinking of home, but do their duty, even though they can find no moral in it.

Summary Analysis 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.

Ted Lavender "who was scared" carries tranquilizers. French, Kathleen. They talk about Ted Lavender's supply of tranquilizers and Mitchell Sanders says there's a moral to the story: don't do drugs.

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They all think about ways to leave the war, but don't leave because they would shame themselves and their families. The soldiers respond to the trauma of death by dealing out terrible, mindless death to others.

Then he burns the two photographs.

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