Born on the Fourth of July Topics for Discussion

Ron Kovic
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What do you think is significant about the fact that Kovic switches between the first and third-person perspectives in the book?

Why is Kovic so focused on his childhood? What does it represent to him throughout his Vietnam experience?

How do Kovic's experiences killing the innocent affect him? What are some ways he tries to atone for the deaths he caused?

Community and alienation from community is a theme that runs throughout Born on the Fourth of July. Please name some communities that Kovic was once in and later felt alienated from. Describe the reasons for the alienation and how Kovic experienced it.

Describe in detail three senses in which Kovic feels disfigured.

What do you think Kovic intends when he describes the carnage of the war and the details of his physical disfigurement so graphically? Explain your view in detail.

Why do you think that Kovic...

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