The story that had the most meaning to me thus far is Friends. This story has the most meaning to me because I find it very relatable to occasions in my life and how friendships are started. In some of my friendships i started off by not liking the person that much and then grew to becoming very close with that person just like how Jessen and Strunk did.
The character i connect with most is Kiowa. I believe this because I think Kiowa is more caring than the others in the platoon. Kiowa possesses many traits but the one I think is most notable is the fact he is a man with morals and values to some extent but definitely more more morals and values than others in the platoon.
A part in the reading that I found a strong example of his use of imagery to describe a scene in the chapter How To Tell A True War Story. O'Brien says, "I still remember that trail junction and those giant trees and a soft dripping sound somewhere beyond the trees. I remember the smell of moss. Up in the canopy htere were tiny white blossoms, but no sunlight at all, and i remember the shadows spreading out under the trees where Curt Lemon and Rat Kiley were playing catch with smoke grenades. Mitchell Sanders sat flipping his yo-yo. Norman Bowker and Kiowa and Dave Jensen were dozing, or half dozing, and all around us were those ragged green mountains."
A passage that stuck with me was really just short and sweet it was in How To Tell A True War Story. O'Brien says, "War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead." (p.80) This passage stuck with me because i cant imagine being in war myself and i have a deep respect for those that put their lives on the line to protect all of the citizens of this great nation. This passage really makes you think about all the things that come along with those serving and going into war.