Objective: Going After Cacciato begins with Cacciato, a dull, child-like soldier in Vietnam, going AWOL with the intent of walking to Paris. His ridiculously illogical plan mirrors the lack of logic of the War itself. The purpose of this lesson is to understand Cacciato as a symbol for an objective-less war.
1. For class discussion: As a class, review adjectives that are used to describe Cacciato in the first chapter. Write them on the board. What does the rest of the Squad think about him? Do they like him, dislike him, simply not understand him? How many of these adjectives could also be applied to the Vietnam War?
2. Divide the class into several groups and have each discuss a recent movie, television program, documentary, or book written about either the Iraq or Afghanistan conflict. Is there a character in the narrative who represents either the conflict itself or...
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