|"It's not just the embarrassment of
tears. That's part of it, no doubt, but what embarrasses me much more, and always will, is
the paralysis that took my heart. A moral freeze: I couldn't decide, I couldn't act, I
couldn't comport myself with even a pretense of modest human dignity." (The
Things They Carried, p. 59).
||The feelings of war are so enormous that they
overwhelm the soldier's mind. They are no longer able to make moral or ethical decisions.
Instead, these soldiers are caught in a catch-22, unable to decide if they should fight in