The Things They Carried

What is the significance of the killing of the baby water buffalo?


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The baby water bufflo's death is more emotional because it shows them how unfeeling everyone has really become. Death is everywhere. Their friends are dying, they're killing to survive, and yet that little buffalo became smething they could save, but they couldn't even do that because some of them were so emotionally over the top and distraught over what they'd been experiencing.