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The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers
Why does O’Brien become angry at Bobby Jorgenson and eventually want to get revenge on him?

O’Brien was angry at Bobby Jorgenson, the new medic who replaced Rat Kiley, for being too scared to get to O’Brien promptly after O’Brien was shot in the bottom. As a result of the delay, O’Brien almost died of shock. Jorgenson also didn’t do an effective job of treating O’Brien’s wound, so it developed partial gangrene. O’Brien carries a grudge about this and decides to get revenge on Jorgenson by scaring him while he’s in his tent. He “wanted to hurt Bobby Jorgenson the way he’d hurt [him].”