The Things They Carried Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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Azar Baghernia
En 1B
December 14, 2015
The Things They Carried
Tim O’Brien is the author of a collection of short stories The Things They Carried which is about American soldiers in the Vietnam War. He, himself, is one of the main characters in the stories. This book consists of twenty two chapters both fact and fiction. One of the chapters is titled by The Man I Killed which is about a Vietnamese soldier that O’Brien shoots him. After shooting he comes across the corpse and stares at it in silence because he feels guilty about the man he killed. It is obvious that he shocks and the world around him is freezed. Although, during the entire story he does not have any dialogs, he imagines what the man’s life have been like and describes the whole scene to the readers through his writing. He tries to give the man some identity and dignity through his writing. He
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According to “Repetition is a literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer.” As mentioned before, the author wants to give the true meaning to the readers of how he feels about war. For instance, there are three times that he says “the man I killed” on pages 125, 128, and 130 which is also the name of this chapter. He wants to convince the readers that war is a massacre of people who could have a normal life but instead they die by someone like O’Brien who sees himself as a murderer. The other noticeable repetition is “star-shaped hole” which repeats four times through this story as followings. “His one eye was shut, his other eye was a star-shaped hole” (O’Brien 124 and 126), “the star-shaped hole was red and yellow” (O’Brien 126), and “One eye was shut. The other was a star-shaped hole.” (O’Brien 130) The reason, as mentioned before, is to remind the readers the obscenity of war by repeating the shape of the dead man eyes after