Would you rather have a photographic memory, but forget everything that happened before the age of 10, or have a normal memory but always forget where you put your keys?
- Photographic memory but forget early memories
- Normal memory but always forget where you put your keys
Please consider the following: The two different perspectives from which the story is told The repetition of the description concerning the Vietnamese soldier The setting of the story The details surrounding the actual killing The characters involved in each chapter
The Man I Killed
What is the purpose of the repetition in description of the man? Every aspect of the Vietnamese soldier is described repeatedly - not only physically, but what the soldier feels, believes, wants, desires and fears. Why?
What are some symbols or motifs that you see in the story?
Why do you think O'Brien told Kathleen that he never killed anyone? How does this contribute to the overall meaning of the work as a whole, when thinking about Truth?
Draw an elephant holding a tiny umbrella in the rain.
Imagery: What is the purpose of the circular imagery in “Speaking of Courage”? How does the author combine this with military lingo to create an effect? What effect is created?
Why were the medals so important?
Why did Kiowa die in a "field of excrement?"
What is Tim O'Brien trying to tell us about the life of a soldier?