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In Tim O'Brien's story, "The Things They Carried," what did Kiowa carry in his rucksack?

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beginhere | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted November 22, 2010 at 9:33 AM via web

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In Tim O'Brien's story, "The Things They Carried," what did Kiowa carry in his rucksack?

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 22, 2010 at 10:22 AM (Answer #1)

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In "The Things They Carried," the author, Tim O'Brien, speaks to the many things that the men he served with in the armed forces carried with them. Many of these things were the necessities of war. However, a great deal of what they had was not connected to the war at all, but to their lives back home. I believe the author uses things items to humanize the men in the war, and show a clearer picture of the horrors and heartbreaks of war.

Kiowa, a Baptist, carried with him a New Testament (Bible) which was a gift to him from his father, a Sunday School Teacher in Oklahoma City.

Kiowa carried within him a distrust of white men (which he received from his grandmother). In his pack he also had an old hunting hatchet that had once belonged to his grandfather, as well as a pair of moccasins (which helped him to move more silently).

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dukesook | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 1, 2013 at 6:30 AM (Answer #2)

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In the chapter "In the Feild", he carries a picture of a young soldier's girlfriend.

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