The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried

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  • Man v. Self
  • Man v. Self
  • Man v. Self
  • Curt Lemon had always been scared of the dentist. Before he goes in to the tent, he passes out. After waking up and realizing he "chickened out" of getting a checkup, Lemon fakes a toothache and makes the dentist pull the tooth to prove he is not a coward.
  • Man v. Society
  • O'Brien has shot an innocent looking man cannot seem to stop staring. He creates a backstory for him. The young man loved math and was never able to fight in school, worried that he was a shame to his family and village. His pretend story relates with O'Brien who thought he would be a shame to his family and country if he did not obey the draft.
  • When Curt Lemon died, Rat Kiley didn't known what to do with himself. He and the soldiers find a baby water buffalo. Kiley acts gentle at first, then starts shooting the calf until it was on its death bed.
  • After receiving a notice that he would be going to war, O'Brien debates between obeying the draft (going to kill people though he's against war) or running away to Canada (possibly being a disgrace to his family and country.
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