Comparing these two stories one can easily see there is a complex relationship between them.
This paper will compare and contrast the differences of these two short and how they interact to create a complex relationship.
The death of Ted Lavender caused Cross’ emotions to change.
The hurt and anguish that Cross felt at his responsibility to ensure the safety of his soldiers and the blame his placed on himself for daydreaming while Lavender got shot created a complete change in his personality.
The story climaxes when one of Jimmy Cross’ soldiers is killed while he was daydreaming about Martha.
Throughout the story, the description of the weight and details of each item the individual soldiers carry is expressed to create a very powerful understanding of how much of a burden these items are to the soldiers.The questions that are presented in the story about whether a certain girl loves the main character Lieutenant Jimmy Cross are played throughout the whole story.This struggle between duty and frustrating emotions causes Jimmy Cross to feel lost and alone in an environment that is very harsh and almost unbearable.Her son volunteered to take this danger into his life.She thinks about how she must have been the one wrong when all her friends and family tried to comfort her, but nothing they said would help. He just looked at her speechless and as the truth of the situation settled, in on him, he broke down into sobs of uncontrollable pain.In particular the letters and pictures of Martha that Jimmy Cross carries become just such a burden.These items have proven to be a distraction more than a sustainer or protector of his life.The actual articles that the soldiers carry help to represent the burdens and trapped emotions that each individual must carry in order to survive the war.The struggles the soldiers face daily and the environments they encounter as they march through foreign lands carrying items that will sustain and protect their lives provides challenges they never thought would occur.O’Brien mentions the age range of the soldiers as being in their twenties.By doing so he is expressing the uncertainties of life that a young male must face.