Tales of the South Pacific Topics for Discussion

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How does the author make clear the danger of the Japanese offensive in the story "The Coral Sea?" How do the different men at the station respond to this danger?

Discuss relations between enlisted men and officers in the South Pacific. For example, discuss the relationship between Lt. Tony Fry and Seabee Luther Billis.

Why are enlisted men driven to commit acts of rape against American nurses like Nellie Forbush? How does Nurse Nellie react to such incidents?

Discuss Lt. Bill Harbison's motivations. What defines Bill as a snob? How does this influence his relationship with Nurse Nellie Forbush?

Discuss the strengthening of the Allied military position. How does Bus Adams characterized the typical systematic bombing of American positions. How does the story "The Milk Run" dramatize the military capabilities of US and Allied forces?

In the story "'Fo 'Dolla" Marine Lt. Joe Cable feels himself under...

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