Facing It Questions and Answers
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In the poem "Facing It," why is it important that the speaker misunderstands what the woman is doing at the end of the poem?

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The speaker imagines the woman is erasing names because he himself is having trouble facing the reality of the war.

The poem describes a Vietnam veteran who looks at the memorial and imagines the ends of the different men he saw die.  At the end, he imagines a woman erasing names, but she is really not.

In the black mirror

a woman's...

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