Monday, January 25, 2010

Exploration Four Response

How to Tell a True War Story, was a very engaging chapter. I believe this because they emphasize the importance of friendship in the war and dealing with the death of a soldier. The letter Bob Kiley writes to Curt Lemon's sister is very moving and powerful, but she never responds. I think that she should have responded out of respect, but it would be very difficult to deal with the loss of a family member. I thought it was very thought provoking when they said, "A true war story is never moral." It then states, "If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie." These two passages really hit me because it shows that unless you are there, you cannot fully understand how brutal and terrible War really is.
I don't know how I would handle the loss of a family member because we are all extremely close. This chapter allows me to appreciate the time I spend with them. Death is a part of life, and coping with such a tragic event could allow you to become closer with your loved ones. People sometimes struggle with the loss of close friends and family because they do not have strong supportive relationships with others. People may not have religious beliefs, and therefore have no one to pray to.
I have had a few loved ones pass and it is a very tough, emotional time. During these times, I think it is best to stay close with family or loved ones, and not to worry about other nonsense in your life. I believe that the best way to cope with this tragic loss would be to reflect on good times spent with that person. Also, prayer is very powerful. You should be trusting that your loved one is in a better place.


  1. I agree with you; it made me angry that Bob Kiley sits down to write this emotional letter to Curt Lemon's sister but she cant even find time to write him back after all he suffered through. This stroy makes you appreciate your loved ones and how fast they can be taken away from you.

  2. I agree. I experienced the loss of a family member last month. It was the first death I ever experienced in the family, so it hit me like I had experienced never before.

  3. I agree this is very hard live, and emotionaly renind me back home where we have war today and people killing each other without good reasons.

  4. I agree, this story makes you realize that unless you are there you can't fully understand what happened. No story will do it justice. He is so honest about that concept.