In the short story " Ambush " by Tim O'Brien, the artistic value surpasses the short story " Big Boy " by David Sedaris because of the way Tim uses dialogue, the time moving technique and the way he wrote his story as a first person different from David helped the story be more interesting. The first thing comes in readers’ mind is time moving. People will be really impressed by the way Tim used it to describe the time passes and his day dream moment. " For the first few moments I felt lost, not sure about directions, groping for my helmet and weapon. I reached out and found three grenades and lined them up in front of me; the pins had already been straightened for quick throwing. And then for maybe half an hour I kneeled there and waited. …show more content…
Although Ambush has " “You keep writing war stories,” she said, “so I guess you must’ve killed somebody.” It was a difficult moment, but I did what seemed right, which was to say, “Of course not,” Tim successfully showed his struggle in this little text. This small text tells us the reason why he writes this story, his shame when he told lie to his daughter, his guilty and shame. When in " Big Boy " all of the dialogues are not really mean anything " "I'll be out in a second!" "Here I come. I'm just washing up!". There is no artistic value in there. It is just a normal talk which anyone can write it. That is one of the points why there is a huge artistic value gap between " Ambush " and " Big Boy " By writing the story as the first person, Tim was able to write down the conflict war between his mind and soul, how the conversation between him and his daughter or " the good kill " - his mate 's opinion about the incident - affect him during " He told me that it was a good kill, that I was a soldier and this was a war, that I should shape up and stop staring and ask myself what the dead man would’ve done if things were reversed" or " Even now I haven’t finished sorting it out. Sometimes I forgive myself, other times I don’t" . When David as the first person point of view doesn't help readers to know how that situation is going to affect
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In the middle of a pause in the fighting of a civil war battle, Lieutenant John Dunbar realizes that his leg needs to be amputated to save his life. Dunbar has seen what happens to soldiers that go through amputation and he decides to take his own life in stead by ridiing a horse along the enemies front lines. However he doesnt get shot and unexpectedly rallys his comrades, who find new courage to storm the conferderate positions. After the battle is over, Dunbar’s superiors name him a hero and he is given acsess to the generals sugeon who is able to save his leg. He is given in reward his choice of his next posting, and also the horse named ‘Cisco’, the one that he used in his attempted suicide.
The audience would consider the idea of shame and how much importance Tim had put on his reputation in his small town. Tim knew that he would be shunned by his community if he did not go to war. The fear of shame and being shunned was one of Tim’s motivating factors to go to war. Later in the book, after Tim had thought about his hallucination he said “All the eyes on me—the town,
Does war make us feel safe? Does war make other people feel in danger in their own homes? When troops come home do they feel safe, and secure? Twenty-two troops commit suicide daily. Through the history of the world there has been violence, but how do people feel about war, how do they feel when they come back from war, do they feel safe and secure?
Readers, especially those reading historical fiction, always crave to find believable stories and realistic characters. Tim O’Brien gives them this in “The Things They Carried.” Like war, people and their stories are often complex. This novel is a collection stories that include these complex characters and their in depth stories, both of which are essential when telling stories of the Vietnam War. Using techniques common to postmodern writers, literary techniques, and a collection of emotional truths, O’Brien helps readers understand a wide perspective from the war, which ultimately makes the fictional stories he tells more believable.
Tim’s upset about what happened to his father and he learns that war is unfair, and innocent people die because of the brutality of war. Loyalty isn’t rewarded or saved. Tim’s decision was to be neutral. He doesn’t want to a line himself with the side that doesn’t respect loyalty just like his father was loyal to the British and they still killed
“I love you, I love you so much, and I lied to you, (Edwards, 115)” In the fictitious novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, the author, Kim Edwards, takes readers through the pernicious repercussions of deception. The main character, David Henry, becomes immersed in a sea of lies and dishonesty, making his identity unknown to even himself. His choice ultimately tears his family apart, leaving nothing but a slew of destructive secrets, emotional voids, and haunting memories.
Tim O’Brien is a writer that, while impressive, can be described as indulgent with his words; going on for pages at a time on one topic and not sparing a single detail. This of course is part of his charm. If you look to the first four pages of “The Man I Killed” in his The Things I Carried, in order to show the obsession, feelings, and shock that can come from killing someone, O’Brien makes use of repetition, tone, and appeal to logos. Firstly, throughout the chapter, the reader is to repeatedly come across descriptions or inferences of the man Tim O’Brien killed.
The analysis of the deeper meaning of ” Ambush” In the book titled Ambush, the author Tim o’Brien explains that he has killed people. O’Brien supports his explaining by telling the situations he was in. The author’s purpose is to persuade that he had to do it, that he had no choice. The author writes in a serious tone for the readers.
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo’s novel, “Johnny Got His Gun” tells all about a father and son relationship that many people may envy for. Trumbo characterizes their relationship with a respectful tone, yet Trumbo also makes the love and trust the father and son share very apparent throughout the novel. Trumbo is able utilize literary devices such as third person point of view and a lack of formal punctuation, using syntax to help the reader have a better perspective on the relationship the father and son partake in.
There was no sense of morality or politics or duty. Tim completed what he was trained to do, and that was to defend the camp against the enemy. The lone soldier was the enemy. Later Tim views his actions as impulsive and regrets throwing the grenade, despite his peers’ support. Tim declares, “Sometimes I forgive myself, sometimes I don’t.
Montana 1948: Justice and the Rule of Law According to Merriam-Webster, “justice” means the process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals. In the story of Montana 1948 the character David Hayden encounters many distinctive ways the law works than it would normally be displayed in the American Justice system.
Tim knew that he was not a killer and that the war was going to be a stressful time for him. One of his biggest moments of feeling bad about what he did was when he killed his first soldier. O’Brien feels instant regret once he throws the grenade and kills the man. All other thoughts leave his mind, and his full focus and shock is on what he had just done. “I was terrified” he explains, “there were no thoughts about killing.
Survivor's guilt took play in Tim O'Brien and also many of his buddies. They had especially felt guilt for the men that they had killed. In the chapter “The Man I Killed”, Tim expresses his feelings of guilt for the man he had thrown a grenade at while he had exposed himself on the open trail. Tim O'Brien expressed how much the man that he had killed had to live for. In his head, he created a future for a man he did not even known.
This quote from the short story illustrates how Tim felt about leaving for the war. He knew that it was against his beliefs for him to leave. He eventually left for the war, still not believing in what he was fighting for which resulted in Tim losing sight of who he was. He allowed the pressures of society to influence him and morph his character into one resemblant of the popular belief of the time. In the story of The Book Thief, Hans Hubermann experiences a similar situation to Tim.