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In The Things They Carried, what did Jimmy Cross carry after the war, both physically and...

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In The Things They Carried, what did Jimmy Cross carry after the war, both physically and emotionally?

Martha:

In Tim O'Brien's historical fiction novel The Things They Carried, Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carries letters and pictures from Martha in the bottom of his pack. He carries them with him as comfort, reading them at night, until Ted Lavender is killed. Cross burns the letters and pictures after Lavender's death. Now he carries something else.

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Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carries the death of each soldier under his command. He also carries the love he has for Martha. He continues to carry both of...

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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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