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The Things They Carried Tim O'brien Study Notes About "In The Field" Includes Details About The Plot, Characters, Themes, Key Quotes And Links To Other Stories

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In The FieldPlot:*The soldiers search for the body of Kiowa in the "shit field."*Jimmy Cross blames himself, wonders where he went wrong and writes a letter in his head to Kiowa's father.*A young soldier, presumably Tim though un-named, searches for the picture of his ex-girlfriend.*Kiowa is found and proves very difficult to dig out on the field.Characters:Jimmy Cross: - not a good leader -> he just followed orders and camped in the field when he could have moved the company to higher, and safer, ground.- cannot stick to his resolutions -> at the beginning of the chapter he is motivated by Kiowa's death to start being a better Lieutenant but by the end of the chapter he is day-dreaming again.- holds the blame of Kiowa's death and excepts it "My own fault..." (168)- doesn't want the responsibility given to him. "He had never wanted it." (167)- lacks motivation in his duties until something bad happens.Themes:The cost of war: - Kiowa was killed.- Tim lost his girlfriend (and her photo.)The nature of war: - made the men happy that they were alive and that some one else was dead instead of them.Burdens: - the burden of blame -> Jimmy and Tim blame themselves for Kiowa's death. -> Mitchell Sander's blames Jimmy. -> Norman Bowker blamed no-one.- the burden of responsibility -> Jimmy carries this although he doesn't want to.- the burden of guilt -> Azar felt guilty when he saw Kiowa's body -> Jimmy felt guilty for all of the events that led to Kiowa's death. -> Tim felt guilty for flashing his torch; he likened it to murder.Coping: - Azar copes with Kiowa's death by making jokes (black humour.) Eg: "Wasted in waste..." (165)- Sanders copes with Kiowa's death by finding someone to blame, Jimmy. Eg: "Man...

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