Paul's Desertion O Brien Rhetorical Analysis

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Also, O’Brien uses similarities between flashbacks and Paul’s fantasy world to convey that Paul attempts to assemble a tale. For instance, Paul creates the character Sarkin based off of a little girl he meets in a village. When Paul first meets Sarkin, she is described as wearing “gold hoops through her ears” (51). It cannot be a coincidence that Paul has a flashback of “[a] little girl with gold hoops in her ears” (262). Paul adds Sarkin into the story because he yearns to get his mind off of the war around him, so he develops a love interest in his story. O’Brien utilizes this similarity to aid the reader in understanding Paul is making up the story of his desertion. Additionally, Paul remembers when Sidney Martin, his deceased lieutenant,
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