The things they carried is a short story that you will find in this link:
and i will also attach it as a pdf.
I will also provide you how to approach this essay using psychological criticism approach.
Psychological Criticism: This approach reflects the effect that modern psychology has had upon both literature and literary criticism. Fundamental figures in psychological criticism include Sigmund Freud, whose “psychoanalytic theories changed our notions of human behavior by exploring new or controversial areas like wish-fulfillment, sexuality, the unconscious, and repression” as well as expanding our understanding of how “language and symbols operate by demonstrating their ability to reflect unconscious fears or desires”; and Carl Jung, whose theories about the unconscious are also a key foundation of Mythological Criticism. Psychological criticism has a number of approaches, but in general, it usually employs one (or more) of three approaches:
An investigation of “the creative process of the artist: what is the nature of literary genius and how does it relate to normal mental functions?”–
The psychological study of a particular artist, usually noting how an author’s biographical circumstances affect or influence their motivations and/or behavior.–
The analysis of fictional characters using the language and methods of psychology.
Guidline for the essay:
when you go over the story of the things they carried, you will notice that there is a lot of psychological aspects going on.
what i want to do is use this critical approach while reading this story, and argue how the psychological aspects of the story affected the soldiers and also talk about the state of mind they are in. You can also use scientific psychology sources to support your claim.