Superstition In The Things They Carried

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“The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien (pg.315-323) is about the physical, emotional, and spiritual weight that soldiers carried during the Vietnam War. As O’Brien explains, the physical things soldiers carried depended on necessity, rank, the mission, and personal superstitions. Out of necessity, soldiers carried things such as mosquito repellant, lighters, or water. Based on rank, they carried equipment such as a 26-pound radio or an M-60. A large portion of the things they carried depended on the mission and out of superstition, they carried things such as good luck pebbles or even a corpse’s thumb, as Norman Bowker did. They also often carried the wounded, disease, and dirt. However, as soldiers in Vietnam, they carried more than physical