Give examples of a static and a dynamic character from “The Things They Carried” and discuss why you identified them as such, providing evidence to support your claim.

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In literature, a static character is one that does not undergo important change in the course of the story; in other words, they end up the same person as they started. On the other hand, a dynamic character is one that does undergo an important change. However, this change does not refer to a change of circumstance, but of character. By definition, a dynamic character has to undergo an internal change, even if that is triggered by external circumstances. That is exactly what happens to First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross in Tim O'Brien's “The Things They Carried.” The death of Ted Lavender by enemy fire causes a profound internal change in Cross, but the nature of this change is not what it seems on the surface. On the surface it seems Cross, blaming himself as platoon leader for Lavender’s death, has turned into a more responsible, focused character.

He was now determined to perform his duties firmly and without negligence. It wouldn’t help Lavender, he knew that, but from this point on...

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