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The Things They Carried by joshthecartoonguy The Things They Carried by joshthecartoonguy
For a class assignment, we read Tim O'Brien's short story, "The Things They Carried." I decided to illustrate the story with a sketch of an American soldier in Vietnam, burdened my the many objects he carries. Many of these were inspired by the story. I chose John Wayne for several reasons: first, he is awesome, second, he is identified with America's strength of spirit throughout history (he even made a film about Vietnam), and third, "John Wayne complex" was something we discussed in class. Real soldiers adopted Wayne's persona to cope with the stress of war. If you're familiar with the story, you'll recognize my inspiration for many of the unusual objects he carries. See how many you can spot!

Answer key: In addition to various weaponry, including the M-16, he carries socks, an illustrated New Testament, a comic book, a plastic jug, a bandage, a feathered tomahawk, a human thumb as a good luck charm, a sling shot as his last defense, and barely visible a water canteen on his left side
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Tubaiste Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Read the book a while back, I feel too connected with the characters x'DDD
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imafiringmylaser Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing detail and depth with the pencil, something I rarely see nowadays.
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joshthecartoonguy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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BeenThereB4 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Love it! : ) we read that book last year, and I still make deviations for it haha
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joshthecartoonguy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
We only read a chapter of it for intro to lit. One reason I drew the character this way is because of "John Wayne" syndrome.
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