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Lesson 3 Written assignment In "The things they carried", the "things" the troops carry are both literal and figurative. Their physical, or literal, are the load of weapons, ammunition, rations, photographs and tranquilizers ("The things they carried were largely determined by necessity. .. P-32 can openers, pocket knives. ..", page 1103), while their emotional load involves terror, love, grief, shame, responsibility, and their desire to return home ("They carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die.", page 1113). Lt. Cross, also carries the responsibility of the lives of his men. Lavender “went down under an exceptional burden” when he was shot and killed. After listing all the heavy objects (physical) that he carried, the “more than twenty pounds of ammunition, plus the flak jacket and helmet and rations and water and toilet paper and tranquilizers,” the narrator adds one more item, which is heavier than all that precedes it because it lacks a physical weight and therefore is extremely heavy - “the unweighed fear.” Number of references to the words: weight- 9; Carrying- 5; Burdens- 5; Pounds- 20+ ; Gravity- 4. Overall more than 40 references. In "Death in the Woods" I chose to write about the third theme, where the artist is making sense of his own world. The narrator is both a witness and participant in some of the events of the story, but he makes it clear that the story about the old woman is
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2011 for the course PSTL 1371 taught by Professor Mollycollins during the Fall '08 term at Minnesota.

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