The Things They Carried Chapter Analysis Essay

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The Things They Carried: Chapter 1
Significant Quote: “In the accompanying letter, Martha wrote that she had found the pebble on the Jersey shoreline, precisely where the land touched the water at high tide, where things came together but also separated.” (8)
Speaker: Tim O’Brien
Audience: The reader
Significance: This symbolizes Martha and Jimmy’s feelings for each other. They are separated by the war, but together in their minds.
Questions:
1. What prompted the separate-but-together thought?
2. Did Martha truly feel that way about Jimmy, or was there something else behind the thought process?
The Things They Carried: Chapter 2
Significant Quote: “It doesn’t matter,” he finally said. “I love her” (29)
Speaker: Jimmy Cross
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Questions:
1. How did the monks understand?
2. Why had Henry made that decision if he hated church and wasn’t all that smart?
The Things They Carried: Chapter 12
Significant Quote: “He was a citizen and a soldier.” (124)
Speaker: Tim O’Brien
Audience: The reader
Significance: The people that were killed in the war had backgrounds and once they were dead, and you had killed them, you yearned to know what that background was, what future you took away from them.
Questions:
1. Why did Tim kill the man and continue to stare at him?
2. Why didn’t he respond to the comfort Kiowa was trying to give him?

The Things They Carried: Chapter 13
Significant Quote: “It was not a matter of live or die. There was no real peril. Almost certainly the young man would have passed by. And it will always be that way.” (133)
Speaker: Tim O’Brien
Audience: The reader
Significance: Tim regrets killing the innocent man and is having trouble accepting the fact that he probably would have died anyway.
Questions:
1. Why was it so hard to accept the fact that he was dead?
2. Why did he lie to his daughter about killing someone?
The Things They Carried: Chapter 14
Significant Quote: “There was no music. Most of the hamlet had burned down, including her house, which was now smoke, and the girl danced with her eyes half closed, her feet bare.” (135)
Speaker: Tim O’Brien
Audience: The reader

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