保护自己免受许多威胁。士兵们必须承担身体和精神上的双重负担。由于士兵们所承受的情感负担，他们似乎更加沉重。这增加了身体的重量。Tim O ‘Brien接着指出，携带重型火炮是一种微妙的形式，代表了士兵必须携带的情感负担。每个士兵都带着象征性的个人物品。“他们所带的东西在很大程度上是由需要决定的。”(O ‘ brien 2)。例如，基奥瓦这个角色被发现带有旧约和白人根深蒂固的信任问题。这说明了战争是如何把地理位置相近的人聚集在一起，同时又隐藏着恐惧。
Vietnam jungles were filled with ominous threats during the war. The soldiers were made to carry artillery and heavy supplies into the jungle. The soldiers were terrified at the prospect of carrying lugging around heavy equipment when they had to There are many burdens that each of the soldiers had to deal with during the war. “They all carried ghosts” (O’Brien 10).Through the dangerous and perilous jungle of Vietnam, the soldiers are found to carry heavy equipment and certain personal items that they are required on their assignment. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carries letters, photographs and a number of smaller items that the woman he fantasizes (Martha) had gives him previously. He has developed deep seated love for Martha and was in a trance like state owing to this sentiment. This sentiment of love is known to all the soldiers who were traveling with Cross (Vernon 171).
protect themselves from a number of threats. A combination of physical and emotional burdens had to be carried by the soldiers. They seemed heavier owing to the emotional burdens encountered by the soldiers. This added to the physical weight. Tim O’Brien then articulates that carrying of the heavy artillery was a nuanced form that represented the emotional burdens which the soldier had to carry. Each soldier carried a symbolic personal items. “ The things they carried were largely determined by necessity.” (O’Brien 2).For example the character Kiowa is found to carry the old testament and deep seated trust issues with the white man. This states how war brings men in the same geographical proximity to come together while harboring apprehension.