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"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 the war.