In: Other Topics. Everyone carries luggage literally or figuratively, people carry a variety of things with them, wallets with pictures of family, credit cards, small trinkets etc. The items carried by the men in this story serve several purposes for each individual, whether its superstition, sentimental or essential to their military jobs. By using cataloging and paying close attention to the details, in The things they carried there are several characters in which we can look deeper into the items they carry, and how they affect each character and how that plays into who they are outside of their military life. Before we look into each individual character, first it is important to look at how each character is the same in what they carry.
In what way does this book embody the common message "Don't judge a book by its cover"? Throughout the novel, Auggie constantly fights to be known for something other than the way he looks. His face may appear strange and frightening, but on the inside he is no different from any other kid. He is courageous, funny, helpful, and considerate -- a great friend to anyone who gets to know him. Auggie's classmates learn over the course of the novel that they cannot judge him based on the way he looks and eventually get to know the brilliant, kind kid that Auggie really is.
On a cool October day in the oak-forested hills of Lorestan province in Iran, a lost child was saved in an inconceivable way. The news of it came to me as a parable I keep turning over in my mind, a message from some gentler universe than this one. Another crying child, a fascinating insect, a thousand things can turn the mind from this to that and the world is lost in a heartbeat.
In the last essay of the collection, "God's Wife's Measuring Spoons," Kingsolver summarizes her hopes and fears about the future of American politics. She begins the essay with an anecdote about a journalist who once surprised her for an interview in her home. She remembers Georgia O'Keeffe's experience with the surprise visit of a journalist. O'Keeffe greeted the journalist and immediately turned her away.