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The Things They Carried Rhetorical Analysis
A.) Periodic sentence located in page 86; first paragraph, second to last sentence. “ He had an opinion of himself, I think, that was too high for his own good.”
B.) A periodic sentence is a sentence that has the main point at the end, but at the start of the sentence, it serves to build suspense to create emphasis on the end of the sentence. The “he had an opinion of himself” serves as a bit of information that would lead to how the author feels about Curt Lemon which is the main points saved towards the end of the sentence.
C.) O’Brien uses a periodic sentence to create an emphasis on how little he cared about Curt’s death. This is due to Curt’s high ego, which caused O’Brien to have little to no sympathy for him. O’Brien shows his audience
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“Clockwise, as if in orbit, he took the Chevy on another seven-mile turn around the lake.” B.) A simile is a comparison using the words like or as. The sentence compares the clockwise motion of the Chevy to the movement of the planets in orbit. It compares the two by using the word ‘as’. C.) O’Brien uses the simile to create an image for his audience. The comparison illustrates the smooth turning of a Chevy(planet) around the lake (orbit). Journal Entry #15 A.) Onamonapia, page 142. “ You’d feel it ooze up over your body and sort of suck you down.” B.) Onamonapia is a word with the imitation the action or sound of an action. Ooze is a word that is an imitation of an action sound. C.) Tim O’Brien uses the word ‘ooze’ because it identifies two out of the five sense and can help his audience understand the event, as if they were there. Oozes describes the exact feeling and sound a swamp would make. Although the audience may not know what it feels to sink down a swamp, they can imagine the oozing feeling and sound. Journal Entry #16 A.) 143“The town could not talk, and it would not listen.” B.) C.) Journal Entry #17 A.) Colloquialism, page 145. “ I mean, we were camped in a goddamn shit …show more content…
He wants his audience to feel as if it was an actual conversation, the frustrated tone gives a sense of the realities of war and its effects. By using slang, O’Brien doesn’t make the conversation sound formal. He avoids making the conversation sound scripted. Journal Entry #18 A.) Simile, page 151. “Her eyes were as fluffy and airy-light as cotton candy.” B.) A simile is a comparison of two things using the words ‘as’ and ‘like.’ Here, the author is comparing the appearance of cotton candy and eyes. C.) O’Brien compares the fluffiness and airy-light appearance of cotton candy to the subject’s eyes. By doing so, he illustrates to his audience how one’s eyes can be sweet and soft looking. He develops a character’s physical attributes, which makes it simple for the audience to imagine how a character looks like. Journal Entry #19 A.) Dialect, 152. “ Your choice, I guess. Over an’ out.” B.) Dialect are the regional and social factors that affect your grammar. In this quote, an’, is a form of ‘and’ that changed depending on the user’s surroundings or social

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