Literary Devices In Tim O Brien's The Things They Carried

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In the story, The Things They Carried, in the chapter, Spin, Tim O’Brien wrote the quote “Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity when memory is erased when there is nothing to remember except the story.” In this quote, O’Brien uses a rhetorical device called, Anaphora. Interpreting the meaning is not always exactly what the original meaning is. O’Brien had used many literary devices in his book, especially rhetorical devices which are important for how and what he writes, but, the meaning of them is the most important. Even each line in the quote has a different meaning. “Stories are for joining the past to the future.” In my opinion, O’Brien means that by telling, reading, or hearing stories can make someone connect their past …show more content…

If someone is living in the present, it could also mean that that person goes through a day as it goes by, and at night they reflect on their day and don’t remember it. Another example could be if someone was just reflecting on their whole life, how they got that life, what steps they took, they were reflecting on their memories. A memory is a story and stories can be told in different ways, but mainly by telling them, reading them or remembering them, and this quote relates to reading and remembering them. For example, I can’t fall asleep without thinking about something, mainly my memories, or just reading until I fall asleep. Stories help people in a lot of ways, “stories are for those late hours in the night” which means what it says, the late hours, midnight or anything close to that, which usually relates to not sleeping, so reading in the late hour 's

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