A Mystery of Heroism Questions and Answers
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What is the symbolism in "A Mystery of Heroism"?

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The most important piece of symbolism in this short story is of course the bucket of water that Collins risks life and limb to go and fetch. Of course, on the one hand, the bucket represents the heroism that he displays by taking such a massive risk to get water for the men. On the other hand, as the fate of the bucket of water shows, it also highlights the utter pointlessness and futility of war:

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Does anyone know what the repeated imagery would be in this short story? Specifically lines 72-94.