"The filth seemed to erase identities, transforming the men into identical copies of a single solder, which was exactly how Jimmy Cross had been trained to treat them, as interchangeable units of command. it was difficult sometimes, but he tried to avoid that sort of thinking. He had no military ambitions. he preferred to view his men not as units but as human beings"(163-164).
Considering this story and what had happened to Kiowa, I was sad for the characters and how it seemed impossible to put the blame on one person, even though every person admitted that it was all their fault. Relating to the quote that I had from above, Jimmy Cross was taught to look at each soldier as a soldier, and not necessarily as a person or human being to get attached to. However, it was in Jimmy's human nature to feel compassion and even responsibility if one of his men dies.
First interpretive question (from the chapter "In the Field"): Who, if anyone, is entirely/partially responsible for Kiowa's death. Was anyone responsible?
Second interpretive question (from chapter "Good Form): What is so different about story-truth, and happening-truth?
Book interpretive question: Which character had the most character growth by the end of the story? Which had the least?