The Man I Killed Reflection

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In The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, the writing style in "The Man I Killed" is very descriptive which reflects a mournful tone throughout the chapter. An example of this reflection is in the first paragraph of “The Man I Killed” when the author says “ there was a butterfly on his chin, his neck was open to the spinal cord and the blood there was thick and shiny and it was this wound that had killed him....”. O’Brien was describing the man in such a gruesome way, so we can know how horrid he felt for killing the man. Since word choice also plays a big part in writing style’s reflection on the tone, he has to make sure that certain words correspond with the mournful tone. When O’Brien describes what the dead man looked like