Monday, January 25, 2010
explor. 4 Death of Kiowa
In the field, was very touching and emotional, the chapter where Kiowa dies. It was not a courageous death, and was sorta like one of the war stories that was talked about, one of those stories that you couldn't believe. This chapter was touching as two men, friends of Kiowas both felt blame for his death. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross felt it was his duty to protect his men and he should have known better than to camp in that mud mess, he took full responsibility and was going to write a letter to Kiowa's parents, at first he was going to make the letter simple and sympathetic, later did he decide to tell them it was his fault not go into details, but so they knew. Both Jimmy and the younger boy, whose name was forgotten were very hit hard emotionally. The young boy was a very good friend of Kiowa's and knew it was his fault the ambush came, because of his flashlight and the picture he was showing him. This boy cried and was so shocked, but what shocked me the most was he was more worried about his picture lost in the field, maybe it was because he didn't know how to react or deal with his emotions, trying to be the strong soldier. Kiowa did not deserve this. All the men searching for his body for hours was what good friends, good soldiers did. Finally finding him was a relief for me and the characters in the story taking all the men they had to pry him from the crud, this made me so proud of the courage, love, and devotion they had for each other. Many people have ways of couping with death and as soldiers they are numb to death, not allowed to cry, not allowed to feel. Soldiers kill and die everyday and in order to stay focus can not let emotions run wild. As for most civilians we deall with it by weeping, eating, sleeping, talking, ect.. Its life, people die.