Stand down, guard duty on the bunker line,
Questions for Reflection: “Wearing Faces”
In talking about “Wearing Faces,” Connolly reminds us that the average age of a soldier in Vietnam was just a little over nineteen years of age, and for World War II, twenty six. That is a significant span of time. For Connolly, “Wearing Faces” is about breaking down the myth that soldiers need to carry on and not yield to their emotions.
- How does “Wearing Faces” begin to break down the myth that soldiers can’t “be human?”
- What is meant by “weed-rapping about the last operation?”
- Why might it be easier to assume the myth of being tough, as opposed to showing feelings?
- How might keeping to the myth be detrimental in the long-run?
- What is Connolly teaching us through this poem? What is the lesson he has learned through writing it?