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March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in english, literature and language

Life since the beginning of time has always been about the survival of the fittest . Two short stories The Things They Carried ‘ by Tim O ‘Brien and War ‘ by Luigi Pirandello show how the survival of the fittest takes precedence over other factors in life . Comparing these two stories one can easily see there is a complex relationship between them This will compare and contrast the differences of these two short and how they interact to create a complex relationship

In The Things They Carried ‘ Tim O ‘Brien goes into great detail to [banner_entry_middle]

br explain all the luggage individuals carry in their lives . Setting the story in the war in Vietnam only helps to illustrate this principal . The actual articles that the soldiers carry help to represent the burdens and trapped emotions that each individual must carry in to survive the war . The struggles the soldiers face daily and the environments they encounter as they march through foreign lands carrying items that will sustain and protect their lives provides challenges they never thought would occur

O ‘Brien mentions the age range of the soldiers as being in their twenties . By doing so he is expressing the uncertainties of life that a young male must face . The questions that are presented in the story about whether a certain girl loves the main character Lieutenant Jimmy Cross are played throughout the whole story . This struggle between duty and frustrating emotions causes Jimmy Cross to feel lost and alone in an environment that is very harsh and almost unbearable

As the leader of his soldiers the internal struggle Jimmy Cross faces between his duty of ensuring safety for his troops and the longing for a relationship with Martha , a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey , express a real struggle someone of his age would face . The internal battle grows as the story progresses showing not only his loss of drive for his duties , but almost a hatred for them . The story climaxes when one of Jimmy Cross ‘ soldiers is killed while he was daydreaming about Martha

Throughout the story the of the weight and details of each item the individual soldiers carry is expressed to create a very powerful understanding of how much of a burden these items are to the soldiers . In particular the letters and pictures of Martha that Jimmy Cross carries become just such a burden . These items have proven to be a distraction more than a sustainer or protector of his life . The death of Ted Lavender caused Cross ‘ emotions to change . The hurt and anguish that Cross felt at his responsibility to ensure the safety of his soldiers and the blame his placed on himself for daydreaming while Lavender got shot created a complete change in his personality . By the end of the story Cross burned the letters and pictures of Martha , and changed his point of view on his duties to move more direct and take his position more seriously ending the story… [banner_entry_footer]

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