“The Things They Carried” is a text that focuses on writing as a form of coping with trauma and discusses how exaggeration is sometimes needed in a story to convey the message that the story-teller is trying to get at. An example of this is when the author talks about how for Rat Kiley “facts were formed by sensation” (89). Kiley is described as telling his stories as though they are intended to be tragedies, even the funny parts. This is because there is an underlying sadness to every war story, even though humor can be found in them. Part of this may be attributed to the ‘education’ each soldier received when they first went off to the war.
After reading Steve Martin’s “The Death of My Father (2008)” essay, I could definitely tell it was a personal story. The story was very heart touching because he was telling a life story of him and his father. This story had quit a few elements to it but the three that stood out to me was Creative tension, Use Concrete Language to Create Clear Visual Images of the Setting and Characters, and the Conclusion. Creative Tension: There is a conflict and it gets resolved. Martin never got the affection from his father as a young child and that caused him to remember all the bad things.
Billy Wynne AP English Period 1 Emily Dickinson claimed that madness can be perceived rationally if looked at from a different perspective. Tim O’Briens novel, The Things They Carried, gives truth to this claim with the stories of soldiers in Vietnam. Irrational actions that occur in the book can be explained in the context of the war. In the chapter “The Things They Carried,” Tim O’Brien tells of his experiences in entering war, and the emotions that come with it.. He walks the reader through what each soldier in his squad carries, physically and emotionally.
Tim O'Brian allows us to see the way life itself would be if we were to experience the life that soldiers had to experience in Vietnam. Though this is a fictional story it has the capacity to show itself as a light for those at the end of the tunnel, a glimpse to what reality was once theirs to ours is only fictional. By using certain literary elements, we can have the ability to see how Tim O'Brian used all of these in contrast to paint a portrait to the reader that might be shared or disagreed. "The things the men carried inside. The things men did or felt they had to do."
Although both Homecoming and Weapons Training are based on an anti-war theme, Dawe writes about the different aspects that involve war such as death, weapons, lives lost, soldier’s, families and disrespect. He uses titles that have very strong meanings to people that have been involved in war such as homecoming which every soldier hopes to be able to come home to their families again and weapons training where they are taught to use weapons before the war to prepare to kill the enemy. His poem Homecoming about the Vietnam War; the title itself creates the image of a happy and joyful journey; however Dawe ironically uses this to describe the sadness and sorrow of the dead soldier’s journey as they are transported home back to their families. A soldier’s return from war is supposed to be heroic but these soldiers are treated with a lack of respect.Dawe tries to convey the message to the reader that war is futile and that lives are wasted at war. On the other hand the title of Weapons Training creates the idea that the soldier’s are being trained to use the military weapons although the theme suggests that the soldier’s are actually the so called weapons being trained.
In the Chapter The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien focus on the audience that familiar with the Vietnam War and the struggles the United States had to go through during that time period. O’Brien knows firsthand how it feels to be a soldier. "O’Brien served from 1969 to 1970 and was wounded during his tour of duty." (Krstovic, 2010). Tim O’Brien uses many rhetorical strategies in his story.
Things They Carry There is no difference between the author (Tim O’Brien) and the narrative to me. From the interview of Tim, he states that the things they carry go beyond war. Not just the items they phyisically carry on them, but also the things they carry like fear, anxiety, honor, and each other. The things they carry is symbolic because the items they carry are not just physical but emotional.I feel the point of view in this story added to O’Briens strategy by showing the emotions of the soldiers on how they dealt with the deaths of their friends, the day to day war they were apart of, and how they dehumanized their enemies and them self’s to deal with those emotions. In the story the narrator starts off naming physical objects and
Throughout the film we see him struggle to survive as he is forced to become a liar, a coward and a murderer. Platoon, which was also written by Oliver Stone, is thought to be semi-autobiographical because stone served in the Vietnam War as an infantryman. A lot of his experiences are supposed to be stitched into the film and the main characters are based on individuals he served with. Charlie Sheens character is suppose to represent Oliver Stone himself. This is one of the reasons people believe the film is so good, because it has such a deep personal input from Stones memories and it just came natural while directing it because he has already seen it happen.
He, therefore, allows the reader to become further engaged with the text. In this essay I will hope to examine how structure, language and form assist in either making Apologia pro Poemate Meo more or less effective as a poem compared to that of Birdsong. In Apologia pro Poemate Meo, by Wilfred Owen, Owen is apologising to the soldiers who he did not realise he needed till the end. Yet, at the same time he is thanking them for their bravery. Alternatively he tries to portray to readers the feeling of lost emotions, which the soldiers sense at the war front with other soldiers (or ‘brothers’).
The writer can get these stories from his experiences and memories and these are the memories that he wants to share with other people. Narrative essays are these are the memories that he wants to share with other people. Narrative essays are usually told from a defined point of view, most of the time from the author’s point of view so feelings and specific details can be provided to involve the reader in the story. Getting Started Once you are tasked to write a narrative essay, the most important thing to do is to think of a topic that you want to write about. Make use of the prewriting strategies that have been discussed in the previous chapter.