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In The Things They Carried, how does Lt Cross become a first lieutenant in the field?

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In The Things They Carried, how does Lt Cross become a first lieutenant in the field?

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Some men are born to lead. Some men, like Lieutenant Jimmy Cross in The Things They Carried, are not. Lt. Cross doesn't want to lead his unit of men through the fields of Vietnam. He wants to go home to the girl he left behind. He neglects his responsibilities, and this inaction comes back to haunt him.

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Lieutenant Jimmy Cross becomes a lieutenant because he attended Reserve Officer Training Corps in college. Cross never wanted to attend. Some friends...

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Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is the young, inexperienced leader of Alpha Company in Tim O'Brien's 'The Things They Carried.' Cross's youth, inexperience, and poor judgment sometimes have disastrous results for the men, though Jimmy Cross accepts responsibility for his ineptitude.


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