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In The Things They Carried, the men seem to be much more afraid of causing the death of someone else than they are of dying themselves. At the beginning of the book, Tim (as narrator) outlines all the "things" that the men carry with them into the war--included among these things is emotional baggage. For some of the men, this emotional baggage may be things that were left undone back home; however, for others, emotional baggage becomes heavier from things that happen during the war. For example, Jimmy Cross feels guilty for Ted Lavendar's death, and he cannot get around the fact that one of his men is dead. Cross burns the letters from Martha as a way to show his guilt and his commitment to try to be a better leader. But Cross ultimately fears that he will lose another man before the war is over.
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