The Things They Carried

who is martha? what do you think she symbolizes to Lt. Cross

The things that they carried (p. 1-26)

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Martha is a few years younger than Jimmy Cross, does not love the soldier back but writes him letters and sends him mementos anyway. She is a poet and dreamer and university student who loves the work of Virginia Woolf. Martha represents Cross' hopes and dreams. She gives him a sense of escape.