Interpretation of Symbols

Interpretation of Symbols

The Weight of What They Carry


Review what you have read of “The Things They Carried” so far. Note places where the narrator gives specific weight to the things the men are carrying. Then respond to the following questions.

  • What kinds of things are the men carrying?
  • What kinds of things does the narrator assign specific weight to?
    • Why do you think he does this?
  • What effect does this assigning of weight have on you as you read the story?

When you have finished, talk through your thoughts and ideas with the rest of the class.

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