Somebody tells a story, let 's say, and afterward you ask, "Is it true? He does not remember every detail of the war, thus he makes up some false details to make the story seem more interesting.
Any subject. Everything they carried affected on them whether it was physical or mental. In some ways, Kiowa's death is what makes "O'Brien" a writer, a teller of stories. Thus, Mary Anne Bell symbolizes the loss of innocence of all soldiers who go through the horrors of war.
I enjoyed reading this story; however there were some things about it that I was concerned about. As the story goes on it shows not only the literal meaning of what they carried but also symbolically the burdens that they had mentally.
Like these samples? Once the soldiers set up camp, rounds of mortar fell on the camp, and the field seemed to boil and explode.