The Things They Carried

Explain what is being compared in the metaphor they dreamed freedom birds why are these birds important to the men in Vietnam

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

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The soldiers mock others who shoot their toe or hand off to get out of fighting. In their mocking there is also a trace of envy and awe. They see these men who self harm as traitors but also symbolic of freedom birds They dream of these birds taking off into flight far away from war, death, and pain.