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Randall Jarrell, “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner.” Randall Jarrell, “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner.”  Who is the speaker? To what does he compare himself in the poem’s first two lines? What words establish this comparison?  

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The speaker is a soldier.  He compares himself to a newborn baby, possibly an animal.  This is established by "mother's sleep" and "in its belly" and "fur."   He is a gunner, but not respected.  He gives his life for his country, and they ignore his sacrifice.  Symbolically, they...

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The speaker is a soldier.  He compares himself to a newborn baby, possibly an animal.  This is established by "mother's sleep" and "in its belly" and "fur."  He is a gunner, but not respected.  He gives his life for his country, and they ignore his sacrifice.  Symbolically, they simply wash him away.

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