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ELA: The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner Analysis
Terms in this set (14)
When was this poem written?
Who wrote this poem?
What is this poem about?
A gunner who dies in battle
What does the word "sleep" in line 1 show?
His mother is unaware of what is happening to her son
What does the word "fell" in line 1 suggest?
Helplessness- he was drafted into the war; a child falling from the womb
What does the word "state" line 1 suggest?
The government; after he is drafted, he is property of the government (G.I.); he is in a state of existence different from the peaceful rest of the mother's womb
What is meant by the word "belly" in line 2?
The ball turret is the belly of the plane; also implies the womb
What does the phrase "wet fur froze" mean?
His jacket has a fur collar or lining; it is cold in the ball turret; also implies that the speaker has been dehumanized
What does the word "earth" suggest in line 3?
He is high above the earth; the roundness of the mother's womb - "mother earth"
What does Hersey mean by the word "nightmare" in line 4?
He wakes to a nightmare instead of from a nightmare; his situation is unnatural
What does the word "died" in line 5 mean?
The speaker is talking from the grave, after his own death in the plane
What is the word "hose" suggest?
A steam hose is used to remove his remains; an abortion
What is this poem a description of?
The brutality of war
What is Jarrell saying that the war is similar to?
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