Written Text Evidence: The Things They Carried (Characters (First…
Written Text Evidence: The Things They Carried
Themes/ Key Ideas
Duality of war. The beauty in through the brutality and gore
Curt Lemon is blown into a tree. Typically you would expect an event like this to be seen as gruesome but in the war story, it is described as almost beautiful and elegant.
"and when he died it was almost beautiful, the way the sunlight came around him and lifted him up and sucked him high into a tree full of moss and vines and white blossoms"
Curt Lemon and Rat Kiley bonded during their time in the war which is a beautiful thing, amongst treacherous and horrible circumstances two stragers can form a friendship.
When Curt Lemon dies Rat Kiley is heartbroken. The ugliness of war is illustrated when Rat Kiley brutally attacks and kills a baby buffalo. The beauty in this story is the immense grief and compassion that Rat Kiley expresses for his new found friend.
Soldiers carry more than just tangible items. They carry intangible emotional and mental burdens too.
Jimmy Cross carries the guilt and blood of the death of Ted Lavender on his hands. Blood that can't be washed away because its on his conscience.
Curt Lemon + Rat Kiley
"how her brother made the war seem almost fun"
"Right away Lemon and Rat Kiley started goofing. They didn't understand the spookiness. They were kids; they just didn't know.
First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross