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  • Nightmare Fuel: Some of the descriptions of injuries can get this far.
  • Squick: Kiowa's death, being drowned in a mixture of mud and shit as multiple other characters dive in to attempt to find or save him themselves.
  • Tear Jerker: Several of the stories, particularly "The Man I Killed", "Speaking of Courage", and "The Lives of the Dead".
  • The Woobie: Normal Bowker after the war. He becomes a Shell-Shocked Veteran and is simply unable to adjust to normal life, admitting to O'Brien that part of him died in the shit fields. He later hangs himself, although O'Brien (the author) later admits that that never happened.
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