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Fear of Death, common denominator in - "War" and "The Things They Carried".

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Fear of Death, common denominator in: "War" and "The Things They Carried" Thoughts about death are very personal issues that every person has. Obviously, some people have them more than others. The usual or popular attitude towards death in most people is fear, which in my opinion is totally understandable. Thanatophobia is the anxiety a person feels when thinking about death, of their own or that of others. It is described as the feeling of dread and apprehension when thinking about death. As we all know, the probabilities of a soldier dying in battle are extremely high. For this reason fear of death is a feeling that a lot of soldiers experience while in battle, and not only them but also their families and peers back at home. ...read more.

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They begin smoking Lavender's dope. That is actually the point of "humping" all the things they carry some of the things are for battle like their guns and boots and some are for distraction. For example Lieutenant Cross carries love letters and a .45 caliber pistol. The soldiers see both of these articles as necessities, like Lavender sees dope as a necessity. That's how badly they suffer this Thanatophobia, they need, and I strongly emphasize the word need, to be distracted from it. Both guns and distractions are as important to these soldiers, that's how we know that fear of death plays an important role in this story. "War" deals with a totally different aspect of Thanatophobia. ...read more.

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Where will I go after I die? I am sure that if these questions were hammering into my head for hours, days, weeks and even months I would surely need countless distractions. During war these and many more questions probably drill themselves into the minds of the fatigued soldiers and of their families for long periods of time. I can only start to explain why it is that the soldiers in one of our stories consider distractions a necessity in war just like a weapon is necessary in a war and why it is that the parents of the soldiers in the other story are suffering so much. War stories differ in many aspects, especially our two stories, one isn't even in a battlefield or with soldiers, but one thing "War" and "The Things They Carried" do have in common is the fear of death. ...read more.

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