Things that carried

Things that carried

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  • The Things They Carried By: Tim O'Brien Curt Lemons Analysis 
  • Curt Lemon Character Traits: He is a soldier in Alpha Company who is always trying to impress everyone by his manliness, but has a major fear of dentist working on his teeth. Ironically, he goes to crazy measures and does dangerous stunts to impress everyone, but is afraid of the dentist. He steps on a grenade and gets blown up to bits of pieces up in a tree. His friends retaliate for his death by killing the stray baby buffalo.  Quotes: "They shared the weight of memory. They took up what others could no longer bear. Often, they carried each other, the wounded or weak." 
  • "I can do lift that whole tree"
  • In this scene, Lemons is bragging how strong and manly he is. 
  • "Sure you can Lemons"
  • "You will never touch my teeth" 
  • In this scene, the dentist is calling for Lemons, so he can clean his teeth and Lemons is afraid of dentist. 
  • "Time to get your teeth clean Lemons"
  • In this scene, Lemons gets killed by playing catch with grenades up in a tree and gets blown up to pieces.
  • In this scene, Lemons friends kills a buffalo which symbolizes an innocent death, and one of his friends starts singing a song called the lemon where Lemons was killed. 
  • "Singing the Lemon Tree Song"
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