"...and looked into the half-closed eyes of a boy who seemed not much older than himself." (Pg. 119) "Tho boy sighed. His head fell back, his lower jaw dropping as if he had been surprised by something. A dull blankness slid slowly across his eyes. He was silent." (Pg. 119) Changing this scene to explosions instead of the soldier dying wasn't effective because it didn't make sense how 'play' Jonas knew what the concept of death was if he didn't see it. Not only that but explosions and gunfire cause a different kind of grief than death.