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The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien

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What happens to Mary Anne Bell?

After Mary Anne Bell’s boyfriend, Mark Fossie, flies her to Vietnam, she transforms from a sweet, innocent 17-year-old into a type of Green Beret. In Vietnam, Mary Anne finds the war mysterious and intriguing. She wants to learn about how to live like a soldier and how to use weapons, and falls in with the Green Berets and goes out on patrol with them. As Rat Kiley describes it, Vietnam has “the effect of a powerful drug” on Mary Anne. In the end, she goes missing, becoming part of the land.