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A Journey In Carolina Knapp´S Love And Tim O’brien’s The Things They Carried

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According to Merriam Webster, a journey is defined by an act or instance of traveling from one place to another. We all have long and short journeys as we go through life. Throughout this unit, the stories we read dealt with people going through journeys of travel, death, the past, addiction, and war. The two examples I picked are “Love” by Carolina Knapp and “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. Each story shows the main character going through different journeys. Knapp is writing about the journey through a horrible addiction and O’Brien is writing about a journey through war. “Love” and “The Things They Carried” are stories about having to deal with life or death situation and the ...view middle of the document...

If Knapp had not realize her problem I believe the alcohol would have killed her. Knapp toke control of her problem, and chose life over death.
War time is never easy on anyone, especially for the ones who are fighting for their country in the battle. In Tim O’Brien’s book “The Things They Carried” this is displayed. The story is about a group of soldiers fighting for their lives during the Vietnam War. The book is described as a psychological journey because each of the characters are going through different things they must overcome something within their self to survive the battle. In battle, you either survive or die which goes along with the idea of life vs death. The book mainly focuses on First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross, and how he must overcome his past to become a strong leader for his unit in the present. Cross comes into the story being obsessed with a girl named Martha who does not love him as much as he loves her. One day Cross is daydreaming about Martha, and one of his men Lavender gets killed because of him. This is when Cross realizes he must take control, and become the leader his unit expects him to be. O’Brien wrote, “Among the men there would be grumbling, of course, and maybe worse, because their days would seem longer and their loads heavier, but Lieutenant Cross reminded himself that his obligation was not to be loved but to lead” (O’Brien 1489). Cross realizes that he must let go of the past and his feelings for Martha to live in the present where he must take care of things. The journey makes all the characters grow up, and help them move on with their lives. All of the men are put in a life or death situation, and must choose to fight together or die alone.
To compare and contrast these stories, “Love” is all about Knapp talking about how she’s in love with alcohol, but it became something that hurts not only her but her loves ones as well. James Marcus wrote an article...

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