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The Things They Carried

Tim O’Brien

Five Key Questions

Summary Five Key Questions

1) How does Kiowa die?

The platoon sets up camp on the edge of what turns out to be a sewage field. In the pouring rain, the land turns to mud. Mortar rounds hit the platoon during the night, and Kiowa begins to scream. He then sinks into the mud and dies. The reader does not know if Kiowa was killed from wounds from the mortar or if he suffocated in the mud.