a. to what type of bird does the narrator compare the three young italian men with medals? b. how does this comparison affect your view od the three young men, and how does it stress the difference between them and the narrator?
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The three Italians are described by the narrator as hunting-hawks. Nick says that he received his medal for being an American, and they actually performed feats of bravery to receive theirs. The difference between them would be the fact that Nick feels undeserving, he'd not acted heroically, he feels his medal is what we would call a "participation" award.
The three with the medals were like hunting-hawks; and I was not a hawk, although I might seem a hawk to those who had never hunted; they, the three, knew better and so we drifted apart.
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