Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

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Analysis Essay In the book, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien in the chapter titled, The Field is about blame and guilt. In this chapter the author talks about Jimmy cross and the effect that Kiowa’s death had on him. The consequence of Jimmy cross listening to orders resulted in the death of Kiowa, “Looking out toward the river, he knew for a fact that he made a mistake of setting up here. The order had come from higher, true, but still he should’ve exercised some field discretion(157).” Later in the paragraph he further blames himself and then begins to compose a letter in his head to Kiowa’s father. This paragraph is proof that Cross feels responsible for Kiowa’s death and throughout the chapter he rolls this idea through each paragraph.
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