The Things They Carried help with homework: Assignment #3 (“Enemies,” “Friends,” “How to Tell,” “The Dentist” pp. 59-83)

Assignment #3 (“Enemies,” “Friends,” “How to Tell,” “The Dentist” pp. 59-83)
1. Discuss what goes on between Dave Jensen and Lee Strunk-enemies and friends.
2. Read aloud the section that begins “A true war story is never moral.” Discuss what O’Brien says here and what you think about it.
3. Discuss the story about the listening-post operation.
4. Read aloud the section that begins “In a true war story, if there’s a moral at all, it’s like the thread that makes the cloth.” What do you think about this section?
5. What do you think of the statement that “proximity to death brings with it a corresponding proximity to life”?
6. Read the last page or so of “How to Tell a True War Story” and discuss it.
7. Why does O’Brien put “The Dentist” after “How to Tell” instead of before it?

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