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War Horse

War Horse


by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse Theme of Duty

A soldier's duty is to protect his country, and his job is never done. A horse's job is to protect his master, and his job is never done either. Throughout War Horse, Joey gets tasked with a variety of different jobs, from farming, to cavalry, to pulling heavy machinery. He never questions his orders, and he devotes 100% of his spirit and energy to getting things done right. You might be thinking, "Um, he's a horse," but that's exactly our point. His motivations might be different, but he has the same obligations in war as the human soldiers fighting alongside him.

Questions About Duty

  1. What are Joey's duties on the farm and at war? How are they similar? How are they different?
  2. If Joey could speak, what do you think he would have to say about his various duties? Would he ever complain?
  3. Do Joey's duties differ from those of other soldiers?

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