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In The Things They Carried , the characters themselves probably could

not tell you why they carried many of the things they did. The things they

carried can be divided into three basic groups, the things that everyone had to

carry in order to survive, the things that individuals chose to carry, and the

mental burdens that many carried without choice.

The necessities that the men were forced to carry were, for example, P-

38 can openers, pocket knives, matches, C-rations, water, a nylon covered flak

jacket, an M-16 assault rifle, and for Henry Dobbins, an M-60, which weighed 33-

38 pounds including ammunition. All of these items were carried for two simple

reasons, to survive, and to kill which was of course their job.

Next, the things that each individual chose to carry, for many of the

men , these items were things that they personally believed that they could not

live without, but to others would be unnecessary for survival. For First

Lieutenant Jimmy Cross it was pictures of Martha, and also letters from her whom

he loved unrequitedly. Another example and proof of irrelevance to survival was

Ted Lavenders six or seven ounces of dope and nine extra M-79 Grenades which he

was carrying when he was shot in


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