Vietnam Assignment

By: Jocelyn and Quentin


"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien

In the book "The Things They Carried" it talks about a battalion and some the equipment and some of the sentimental things they carried while on patrol during the war. One of the guys named Jimmy Cross carried letters from this girl named Martha, that seemed to have no interest in him but he didn't seem to care.

"Thanks" by Yusef komunyakaa

In this poem, the soldier is thankful for all the little things that he saw while he was on the battle field, that would have eventually lead to his death if they wouldn't have been there.

Important Passages:

"I don't know why the intrepid sun touched the bayonet, but I know that something stood among those lost trees and moved only when I moved" (komunyakaa).

This quote from Thanks explains the importance of this reading as a whole because it shows how the soldier is thankful for the luck he had when he was nothing but venerable on the battle field for Vietnam

"Lieutenant Cross kept to himself. He pictured Martha's smooth young face, thinking he loved her more than his men, and now Ted Lavender was dead because he loved her so much and couldn't stop thinking about her" (O'Brian).

This quote from The Things They Carried shows that the things they carry are more valuable than ones life itself.

Discussion Questions:

The message that both O'Brien and Komunyakaa are trying to convey about war is that its hard for many soldiers. They are thankful for the things they have. War impacts people in many different ways. it all really just depends on who the person is and how they can deal with things.

Image Analysis

This image relates to the Thanks because it shows soldiers taking cover and trying to hide from the Vietnamese.

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Country Joe's Anti Vietnam War Song Woodstock

Video Analysis

This video is about the Vietnam war and how its a pointless war that the U.S did not need to be involved in. This relates to the passages we read because a majority of the time troops didn't want to be on the front line risking their lives for a country that is unappreciative of the things our troops were doing.