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.