Tim O’Brien: “The Things They Carried”
- what is the point of the insistent repetition of the words “the things they carried”? what sorts of things does Lieutenant Cross carry?
- we are told that “Kiowa admired Lieutenant Jimmy Cross’s capacity for grief “ ( paragraph 60 ) but we are also told that although Kiowa “wanted to share the man’s pain” he could think only of “boom-down” and of “the pleasure of having his boots off and the fog curling in around him and damp soil and the bible smells and the plush comfort or night” . what might account for the different responses of the two men?
less than 200 words STUDY QUESTIONS ABOUT Wilfred Owen: “Dulce et Decorum Est” 283
3.Why do you think Owen describes the mad “fumbling” to put on gas masks by the soldiers in line 9 as “an ecstasy of fumbling”?
4.Why does the speaker in Owen’s poem think that it is a lie to claim that “it is sweet and honorable to die for your country”? Do you agree with the speaker?
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