Pre-reading: Every day we are informed about on-going conflicts in the world. This information is essential for the world community to establish humanitarian assistance and make peace- keeping efforts. But reporting from a danger-
zone can be hazardous; war correspondents risk their lives to bring information for us to act upon.
Read the short story, and reflect a bit alone on the following tasks. Then go together with a friend and discuss briefly. After that you can join another pair – and discuss your views in groups of four, and see if you can reach a consensus. If you like, you may then present your points for the other groups and arrange a classroom discussion.
Working with the text
- What does the narrator think of his profession?
- Comment on the title.
- What do you think the narrator means when he says “- but I felt somehow
- there was more to it than that.”?
- The text gives no information about where this takes place. Suggest where this sort of thing might happen, and give reasons for your answer.
- What kind of people would do such things – and what do you think they may want to achieve? Do you know any examples of such situations?
- Further research: Hostage taking such as this occurs in real life from time to time. Do some research on the net and find out what happened in these situations:
- British hostages in Iraq
- Danish hostages in Somalia
- RAF and Hanns-Martin Schleyer