Is Norman Bowker courageous?
Norman Bowker, for example, thinks that he was as brave as he thought he could have been, but that even that much bravery was not enough to save his friend. Such commentary provides us insight not only into Kiowa’s death but also into Bowker’s emotions.
Is there really such a thing as a true war story?
A true war story can be identified by the questions one asks afterward, O’Brien says. He says that in the story of a man who jumps on a grenade to save his three friends, the truth of the man’s purpose makes a difference.
Which character was afraid of the dentist?
Lemon is shown not to be high strung or brave, but childish, reverting to fears sustained as a child about dentists. These fears overpower him even as an adult, a man, a soldier.
What happens when Curt Lemon is called in to see the dentist?
One day, an Army dentist is flown in to check the men’s teeth. He says that no one messes with his teeth, and that when he’s called, he’ll refuse to go in. However, a few moments later, when the dentist calls him, Lemon rises and goes into the tent. He faints before the dentist can even lay a finger on him.
Why does Curt Lemon ask the dentist to pull his healthy tooth How does his request illustrate the theme of shame?
3. Why does Curt Lemon ask the dentist to pull his healthy tooth? How does his request illustrate the theme of shame? Ashamed of how he reacted to his fear of dentists, Lemon somehow thinks having the dentist pull a truth will show bravery.
Who is afraid to visit the dentist Why is this ironic when compared to his description?
Why is this ironic when compared to his description? Curt Lemon is afraid of the dentist. Curt Lemon doesn’t mind blood or pain—he actually enjoys combat. He feels like the dentist gives him the creeps.
How do you tell a true war story according to O Brien?
O’Brien says you can tell a true war story “by the questions you ask.” If someone tells a story and afterward you ask whether or not it was true and the answer matters, then it’s not a true war story.