When Lee regains consciousness, under the influence of morphine, he sees Dave kneeling at his side and tries to slide away, telling Dave not to kill him. In the storyboard, an example of each conflict should be visually represented, along with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the particular category of conflict. Jimmy Cross carries two of Martha. At night, Henry often slept with the stockings up to his nose, breathing in the scent and memories of his girlfriend. However, he appears to be Tim O'Brien's best friend in the company. After Norman eats, he punches the intercom again, and the voice at the other end suggests that he has something on his mind; Norman begins to speak, then changes his mind.
The other men watch silently. At first regularly antagonized by one another, the two are drawn toward respect and friendship by the stress and horrors of warfare. The Field Where Kiowa Dies Another important symbol is the field where Kiowa dies. It includes moments of camaraderie and beauty: a joke of a hate letter to the Draft Board; learning a rain dance between battles. The theme of believing in the people around you and having reliable people with you comes from the time period being filled with people who are opposed to the action of war.
He describes the field the platoon had camped in, the ground made soggy by endless rain, infused with the stink of rotting fish and human excrement. Henry Dobbins asks what it is and Mitchell Sanders delays answering before finally saying that there is no moral. He remembers taking Martha on a date to the movies and touching her knee during the final scene until she looked at him and made him move his hand. He imagines that the man was a scholar, passionate about mathematics, forced into the war by his family and by his fear of not living up to the bravery of his uncles and other male relatives. His writing allows him to express his guilt about his mistakes and choices, and the things he had seen. He again tries to get Tim to stop staring, or just to respond to his comments.
The reader already knows that it is precisely this bravado that will get Lemon killed. He is also a medic who treats O'Brien when he is shot. . Before he is airlifted to Japan, the men try to cheer him up, and Jimmy Cross promises to vouch that it was an accident. On his final day at the lodge, Elroy takes Tim fishing, steering the course upstream until Tim realizes that they must be in Canadian waters.
The narrator assures her that they can leave soon. Later, after Rat Kiley has removed and bagged his possessions, Azar tries to apologize for the jokes he made. Vignettes in Literature The Things They Carried is told in a series of vignettes, or short stories, that provide a picture of a particular moment, story, emotion, or impression. The book was adapted into a play and it premiered at The History Theatre in Saint Paul, Minnesota, March 14, 2014. An hour before daybreak, they return to the traps, and Azar compares Tim to civilians who play at war.
In the final chapter, the narrator reflects on stories as a way to save people and keep them alive. Kiowa says Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is commendable for caring so much about Ted Lavender and his men. Rat tells the others that the bugs in Vietnam are after him, whispering his name at night. The next day, Mitchell tells the narrator that he was forced to embellish the details to convey its truth. The next morning, Carl is at peace and smiling again. Critics often cite this distinction when commenting on O'Brien's artistic aims in The Things They Carried and, in general, all of his fiction about Vietnam, claiming that O'Brien feels that the realities of the Vietnam War are best explored in fictional form rather than the presentation of precise facts. Tim, paired with Kiowa, is groggy and tense as he starts his shift.
Dave is constantly guard while on patrol and at night, fearing that Lee will take revenge. While that is true, the most important issue and debate brought up is the rapid transformation of our young soldiers while they have to face the atrocities of war. Tim speculates that his opinion of himself was either too high or too low, and that Carl was always working to maintain his image. After Lemon is killed, Rat Kiley sits down and writes his sister a long letter about how brave and funny her brother was. Identifying varying methods of storytelling is also a way for O'Brien undercut his own narrative.
He can do little more than gape at the body, as Kiowa repeats the dialogue from the previous version of the story. The men created a chant that they sang as they picked their way through the fields, and when they leave by helicopter at the end of their mission, the old man sings a few lines back to them. The narrator says that he denied the fact, but is waiting for his daughter to be an adult so he can tell her the truth. He showed him what he'd done and asked if everything was square between them. Over the next year, he constantly daydreams about spending time with Linda, bringing her back to life. In the present, the narrator says that his daughter speculated that since he is continually writing stories, he must have killed someone. When he finally emerges, the men are relieved and start joking with each other.