The Things They Carried help with homework: Assignment #6 (“Speaking of Courage” and “Notes” pp. 131‐154)

Assignment #6 (“Speaking of Courage” and “Notes” pp. 131‐154)

1. Discuss why O’Brien positions “Speaking of Courage” at this point in the novel.
2. Discuss medals and Norman Bowker’s focus on them.
3. How do you feel about the fact that Norman is having imaginary conversations?
4. Discuss the scene at the A&W.
5. Discuss why we hear about Kiowa in this chapter.
6. Why does O’Brien include “Notes”? What does the chapter help us understand about truth and fiction?

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