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Three stories in succession deal with Kiowa's death from different perspectives. Why do you think the author chose to do this?

Created: 03/04/20

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davinamw

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Three stories in succession deal with Kiowa's death from different perspectives. Why do you think the author chose to do this?

Three stories in succession deal with Kiowa's death from different perspectives. Why do you think the author chose to do this? Did the changing viewpoints impact your understanding of the incident, and if so, how?


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normar

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RE: Three stories in succession deal with Kiowa's death from different perspectives. Why do you think the author chose to do this?

It seems consistent with how the book is written. Often there is not a direct plot line


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nancyh

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RE: Three stories in succession deal with Kiowa's death from different perspectives. Why do you think the author chose to do this?

I have to admit I had to go back and read this over again. I skimmed over this part the first time. It was too awful to keep reading about it. I do understand now how so many of these young men came back damaged. I do agree it is somewhat consistent with how the book is written, but I think the author wanted us to see how a death affects everyone differently.


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dorinned

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RE: Three stories in succession deal with Kiowa's death from different perspectives. Why do you think the author chose to do this?

Kiowa's death was particularly horrific. Because Kiowa was so admired and loved by his fellow soldiers, I think the author is trying to convey the different ways of coping with this horrific event. The horror extended to the exhumation from the swampy ground of Kiowa's body. They were all feeling the pain as they doggedly worked to save Kiowa from being buried in an unknown grave.


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ritah

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RE: Three stories in succession deal with Kiowa's death from different perspectives. Why do you think the author chose to do this?

People see things in different ways and remember different things about them, especially, when under stress and under the lack of sleep, which these men were. That is why first person accounts can differ on the witness stand in court and even appear inconsistent.


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BuffaloGirl

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RE: Three stories in succession deal with Kiowa's death from different perspectives. Why do you think the author chose to do this?

The author seemed to be trying to show that each individual sees and copes with death in different ways.


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tracyl

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RE: Three stories in succession deal with Kiowa's death from different perspectives. Why do you think the author chose to do this?

I believe that he was just trying to show how the same experience can effect each of us differently. Also, our perspectives of what actually happens can be very different.


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