Things they carried



1. Why is the death of Ted Lavender important to your understanding of the story? How many times is Lavender’s death retold? How is it different in the various retellings? 2. The title of the story could refer to the physical or psychological burdens the soldiers carry. Discuss the physical objects that each soldier carries, the author’s use of weight and lightness, and the increasing significance each object accumulates over the course of the story.


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