In “How To Tell A War Story”, a baby water buffalo is killed, little by little. What purpose did it serve Rat Kiley to do what he did to the baby water buffalo?
In “The Man I Killed” Kiowa “laid him out like Shredded F$%&*# ing Wheat.” He justified the killing to Tim saying, “Tim, it’s a war. The other guy wasn’t Heidi – he had a weapon, right? It’s a tough thing, for sure, but you got to cut out that staring.”
What is the meaning of death? How did the death of the water buffalo and the death of the man fit into what these men were experiencing? What is the point of telling a war story? Write a short essay (at least three paragraphs) discussing these questions.