Chicken Little was playing with Nel and Sula when he drowned. Sula helped him climb a big spreading beech tree that had great branches to sit on. Nel watched them climb. On the way down, Sula held Chicken Little’s hands and swung him around in the air as he laughed. Then, he slipped from her hands and fell into the water, still laughing. They watched expecting him to come splashing back up. Sula could still feel and remember how hard his little hands felt in hers. But, he did not come back up, to tease and taunt, he drowned as they watched. Like the Chicken Little of the children’s story, he fell laughing and no one responded because they did not realize how much trouble he was in until it was too late.
There is a similarity between Carver’s Style and Hemmingway’s style because Carver respected Hemmingway and like the way he wrote. Hemmingway did not assume his readers were so lacking in intelligence and imagination that they needed every detail spoon fed to them. He and Carver used what Hemmingway called the Iceberg Style where he let the reader glimpse only a small portion and the greater meaning lies below the surface.
The Night March that ends Paul Berlin’s first day provides Berlin with an opportunity to reflect on the day’s experiences and, talk to Cacciato. This is significant in that it is not linear. Paul Berlin is present, watching out for danger and trying to survive. He even counts the eight thousand six hundred steps he takes on the march. However, on a different level his thoughts are reflective.
When Paul Berlin is marching in his usual spot at the rear of the platoon, he is pretending to be camping with his father. This helps him break the stress from the deadly reality without totally removing his awareness from the surroundings. By doing this Paul can remain aware and engaged, but not so paralyzed by fear that he makes a fatal misstep.
Paul Berlin tries to keep himself distant from the other men, to keep his real self separate, and to stay aloof in order to prevent the kind of emotional involvement that creates mistakes. He saw the extreme of this when Billy Boy Watkins died of fright earlier that day. Cacciato tells him that his sense of humor will help save him from that kind of problem.
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