In Tim O'Brien's story, "The Things They Carried," what did Kiowa carry in his rucksack?
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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).
In the chapter "In the Feild", he carries a picture of a young soldier's girlfriend.
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