Chapter 7 Summary

The seventh story of The Things They Carried is “How to Tell a True War Story.” It begins with a brief story about Bob Kiley, nicknamed Rat, and an assurance that “this is true.” Rat Kiley loses his friend, Curt Lemon, while on patrol in the mountains. After the patrol, Rat decides to write to Curt’s sister. He explains how heroic and tough Curt was in the letter, and that the two of them were close. He promises to take care of the sister when the war ends. However, the sister never writes back. The narrator explains that a true war story is never about a moral. There are no generalizations that can be taken from it. When Rat tells his story about the letter he wrote to Curt’s sister, he ends saying that “the...

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