- Who is the Lone Ranger that is mentioned on page 37 and 55? Look him up on google if you don’t readily understand this allusion. Why is this character significant?
- How does fictional O’brien think about the concept of courage? Refer, of course to pages 37-38 of the story but also to the character of Elroy, the events that transpire and the choices fictional O’brien must make.
- On page 45 fictional O’brien states, “The man who opened the door that day is the hero of my life.” Who is that man and what does he do that makes him so heroic?
- Consider these quotes and write a paragraph about how they are related:
“They carried their reputations. They carried the soldier’s greatest fear, which was the fear of blushing. Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to” (20).
“It was not courage, exactly; the object was not valor. Rather, they were too frightened to be cowards” (21)
“It was very sad, he thought. The things men carried inside. The things men did or felt they had to do” (24)
“I was ashamed of my conscience, ashamed to be doing the right thing” (49).
“I would not do what I should do” (55).
“I would not be brave” (55).
“I would go to war – I would kill and maybe die – because I was embarrassed not to” (57).
“I was a coward. I went to the war” (58).