What is the moral of Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried?

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A story's moral is the message or lesson that a reader learns from a story, event, character, etc. Because the moral is dependent on individual readers, each reader might pick up on slightly different morals within a piece of literature. One moral lesson that I believe most readers can agree upon from The Things They Carried is that war is awful and makes people do terrible things.

For example, in the section titled "How to Tell a True War Story," readers learn about a company that calls in a completely unnecessary airstrike that doesn't solve their auditory hallucination problem. Another good example is how Rat Kiley tortures a baby water buffalo in response to losing his friend. Nobody tries to stop him either.

These are horribly graphic events that show how the war seemed to deaden men's moral compasses. What was once...

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