Death takes those you care most about. In the novel, “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, death is experienced by Tim since his childhood and as when he was a soldier in the Vietnam War. Wars are scary, death-filled part of every history of the world. The following quotes are from the novel “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.
Death cannot be explained in simple sentences; death can’t be explained like science can’t explain love. Death leaves you with emotions that are harder to understand than unicorn and rainbows. Death is black. Death takes those who are like the prettiest flowers in the flower patch. Death takes those whom we least expect to be taken. Death takes your lovely grandma who used to bake you your favorite cookies after school. Death takes your best friend. Death takes your grandpa who never took a sick day from the farm. Death takes those you care the most about.
Death strikes at all ages. Tim has had first hand experiences of death since a young age. When Tim was a young nine year old boy, Linda, his girlfriend, died from a brain tumor. Even though Tim was in his late thirties early forties when he wrote this novel, you can clearly tell that Tim still has feelings for Linda. “And as a writer now, I want to save Linda’s life. Not her body- her life. She died, of course. Nine years old and she died. It was a brain tumor… in a story I can steal her soul. I can revive, at least briefly… miracles can happen. Linda can smile and sit up… and say “Timmy stop crying.”(page 236)” Death happens and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it, no matter how much you want to stop it.
Some people sing to get their emotions out, others cry, drink, gamble, and some dance. There was a night when Tim and his troop members found a family burned badly. A man, a young woman, a baby, and a woman whose age was hard to determine; there was also a young girl around the age of fourteen who was dancing. “When we dragged them [the family] out, the girl kept dancing. She put the palms of her hands against her ears, which must’ve meant something… (page 135)” Yes it meant something, it meant she didn’t want to hear the evil of death. She didn’t want to know about her family.
Death can be straight and fast or it can be slow as a turtle. When Kiowa was explaining the death of Ted Lavender was fast and how Ted just dropped like cement. “...that night Kiowa kept explaining… how fast it was, how the poor guy just dropped like so much concrete. Boom-down, he said. Like cement. (page 7)” Just one thing can change the world for a person and end it for another.
Death takes all shapes and sizes. Death can takes the shape of pills, alcohol, bullets, or your boy/girlfriend. Death doesn’t care. It doesn’t care if you’re young or old; fit or not; black, white, or any color of the rainbow. Death doesn’t have feelings but it does leaves you with emotions you can’t begin to understand.