Figurative Language In Lone Survivor By Marcus Luttrell

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Lone Survivor received the number one national best selling book for 2014, being very recent the story was sought out by millions of people. Marcus Luttrell, a navy seal, was one of nineteen military combatants that survived a major fire fight in the mountains of Afghanistan on June 28th, 2005. Being rescued by a small pashtun village, Luttrell received protection against the vicious taliban for weeks until evacuated. The book encompasses more than just a significant battle story, yet rather thematic elements that are relatable to the everyday person. Even further being made into a movie, which was awarded the critics choice award for best action movie of 2017. Although, the movie does incorporate multiple appeals around death, it falsely leads …show more content…

This benefits many readers that are unaware to the severity of training in the military. Through figurative language the audience truly understands the depth behind Navy Seal training and what it means to get “wet and sandy” along with being behind enemy lines. Vivid imagery depicts each death in the truest form that it happened, and Luttrell brings blasts of appeals that makes it hard for readers to continue. He states, “Mikey and Axe were in the front and I was dragging Danny while he did everything he could to help. Right then a bullet caught him full in the upper part of his face. I heard it hit home, I turned to help, and the blood from his head wound spilled over us both” (Luttrell 233). Not only do the pages leading up to this moment demonstrate the innate heroism demonstrated, but the deaths hits home when they all die, fighting for their lives and for each other. These moments evoke strong pathos from the thought of losing a brother or a family member. Aside from many moments using appeals, the imagery throughout the story continues to reign superiority. From the moment they stepped foot in afghanistan, to training, and when Marcus was alone in the vast wilderness, Luttrell accurately visualizes what happens rather than tells it. “Marcus Luttrell's book will appeal to readers who like their violence intense, their villians beastial, …show more content…

In addition, students will be able to pick up on smaller motifs, irony, and foreshadowing. Shown in the book, “Eight magazines was standard, but there was something about Operation Redwing. It turned out everyone felt the same. We all took three extra magazines. -- I was assailed by doubts, and that feeling of disquiet never left me.” (Luttrell 178). Foreshadowing an unpleasant fate, all four navy seals went with lots of unease. The story takes up the motif of the small band of brothers that are beset by an overpowering enemy. Depicting a heroic struggle against overwhelming odds the book focuses on immense sacrifices and acts of selflessness. Not only from the men who were fighting for their lives, but also in regards to the Pashtun villagers that were willing to defend against the taliban for Marcus Luttrell. Stated from outside sources, “The combination of irony and dramatic license over their ultimate decision will permeate throughout the rest of the book” (Boughn). Referencing to letting the goat herders free, this decision plays a key role in deciding the fate for the men. Focusing on the aspect of brotherhood, Lone Survivor demonstrates multiple forms of heroism and devotion for the better cause. One of the dying quotes that Michael Murphy says too Marcus before dying was ‘Never Quit’. Sparking an incredible campaign to raise awareness towards the

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