Analyzing The Soldier's Word Choices In Tim O Brien

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In his short story, TIm O’Brien intentionally chooses words and phrases that evoke emotion in the reader. The author’s word choices give the reader a complete view of O’Brien’s perspective of his dilemma. “All of us, I suppose, like to believe that in a moral emergency we will behave like the heros of our youth, bravely and forthrightly, without thought of personal loss or discredit.” TIm O’Brien uses this quote from his short story to generate a feeling of uncertainty in the reader. It prompts the reader to question his/her own ability to be brave and strong in a time of crisis. The author also uses the words and phrases in his short story to connect to the reader. “Driving up Main Street, past the courthouse and the Ben Franklin store,
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