Looking at these to stories the initial shift from one emotional outlook on life to another creates not only the plot of the story, but the expression of life and the struggles humanity deals with on a daily basis.
The complex relationship between the two is these two stories could easily be put together one after the other in a book without the writers being mentioned and one would think that they come from the same story.
By the end of the story Cross burned the letters and pictures of Martha and changed his point of view on his duties to move more direct and take his position more seriously ending the story as the soldiers march on to their next destination.
This change in the main character of O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” can also be seen in a different perspective in the story “War” by Luigi Pirandello.
He mentions that by dying at an early age his son was relieved of a majority of the pain one endures by growing old.
He also explains to the crowd that his son belongs to his country and not to him, but yet the father does belong to the son.
As the story progresses an understanding that the other passengers have sons in the war or have lost sons in the war comes out.
The mother who is traveling to say goodbye to her only son is heartbroken and extremely emotional over the situation.
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.