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Title: The Things They Carried

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Subject: History
Author: Normand M
Date: May 6, 2013
Level: University
Grade: A
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The soldiers did not go to war for glory or honor, but simply to avoid the "blush of dishonor" (21). In fact, O'Brien states "It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather, they were too frightened to be cowards." The soldiers went to war because they were too scared of being scolded by the entire country for being too much of a coward to fight for their nation...

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The soldiers "spoke bitterly about guys who had found release by shooting off their own toes or fingers. Pussies, they'd say. Candy-asses" (22). However, deep down inside, the soldiers who did all the mocking "imagined the quick, sweet pain, then the evacuation to Japan, then a hospital with warm beds and cute geisha nurses" (22)...

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