Character Analysis of Yusef Komunyakaa

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Character Analysis Thesis Statement and Outline
Thesis Statement:
* Topic- Yusef Komunyakaa “Facing It”

* Critical Opinion-Viewing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial often brings back many real and uneasy memories for a Vietnam Veteran.

* Blueprint-
1. Experienced
2. Emotionally scarred
Thesis Statement: As a veteran of the Vietnam War, Yusef Komunyakaa revisited the experiences and pain of having been in one of the most difficult wars in US History. I. Komunyakaa, again, experiences the sights, the memories of things that happened years ago. A. The friends that were made there and then lost.

B. Experiences blend in a twisted tangle in his mind.

C. His experience cannot be separated from who he is.
II. As Yusef Komunyakaa goes down the list of names he half expects to find his name. A. He wants to be stone; to be able to be solid, to show no emotion.
B. His scares are deep and painful.

C. These experiences are still so real that he cannot free himself from them.

III. Yusef Komunyakaa began to reflect on all the things that had been pushed from his mind for years. A. Yusef Komunyakaa’s reflection takes him back into the blackness of the war
B. It becomes clear that everything in the present reflects the pain in his past. C. This visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial causes him to reflect on things that were very painful.

Gerald Smith
Ms. Brooks
COMP 1023
Feb. 4, 2013

As a young man goes off to war there are often preparations for the possible loss of life, whether it is added life insurance, loss of income insurance, or just making sure that loved ones are taken care of. What are often overlooked are the losses that occur when the soldiers return home. In his poem “Facing It,” Yusef Komunyakaa, writes about the struggles of living after his experiences during the Vietnam War. As a veteran of the Vietnam War,...
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