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Summary Of 'The Man I Killed'

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Kiowa was against it, he felt like it was wrong and since he was religious he felt like setting up camp and base of operations in a church was bad news. Dobbins however wasn’t all that religious, he believed in god but it was just being nice to people that mattered to him. Kiowa grew up loving churches and carrying The Bible around but Dobbins hated churches.
2. What is the meaning of the washing motion of the younger monk? Is it the same when Dobbins does it? I think the washing motion is just a show of courtesy or kindness, maybe even hello, goodbye, or thank you. When Dobbins did the washing motion, I believe it was an act of respect just like when the monks did it.
3. The image of the monk cleaning an M-60 is incongruous and jarring. What purpose does it serve in the story? The purpose is to contrast culture in the U.S to the culture in Vietnam. When people picture monks they picture peace, prayer, and silence not cleaning guns or having anything to do with violence. I think it’s a case of situational irony because monks wouldn’t be cleaning M-60’s. Chapter 12: “The Man I Killed”
1. How did the narrator react to the fact that he killed another human being? What evidence in the story leads you to this conclusion? The narrator was shocked and felt guilty. You could tell that he feels bad because he is thinking about all the stories and lessons the boy would have been taught. O'Brien is just staring at the dead body and not speaking, which shows he's traumatized. Kiowa
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