War and killing crimes

  1. Discuss what the characters carry aside from items of necessities (do not discuss hygienic items or items
    needed for the war). In the list of all the things the soldiers carried, what item was most surprising?
  2. Trace the Martha story line that is woven throughout the tale. What is the reality of the relationship between
    Jimmy Cross and Martha? What evidence in the story line suggests the truthfulness of the relationship?
  3. Why do the soldiers tell jokes about the war, about killing?
  4. Why does Lt. Cross burn the letters and photographs? How does he change and is it a good or bad change?
  5. What is the overall theme of this story? What argument is O’Brien making as he discusses the role of Jimmy
    Cross, the items the soldiers carried, and the death of Ted Lavender?
    Preferred language style Simple (Easy vocabulary, simple grammar constructions)

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