Have you ever been walking down the hallway at school, or any public place, and you just so happen to hear a curse word, or maybe see someone fighting? It draws you in. Your attention is no longer toward you walking. This happens as well when reading a book, most people are not used to seeing violence or profanity in books. Then when you do, you become more engaged with the story. In the novel, “The Things They Carried”, by Tim O’Brien, it contains violence and profanity that adequately makes the novel more authentic and appealing to the reader.
Profanity has an effect like no other. In the novel, O’Brien does well at using curse words to make the story more interesting. It’s known for being the book of cursing. For example, on page 125, “Oh …show more content…
It’s a book about war, what do you expect. O’Brien uses different scenarios where violence is portrayed. For example, on page 118, O’Brien is explaining how the man he shot was presented. “His jaw was in his throat, his upper lip and teeth were gone, his one eye was shut, his other eye was a star shaped hole…” he goes on an on, on how gorey the scene was. O’Brien goes on to include events that happened to himself. “Like I was losing myself, everything spilling out. I remembered how the bullet had made a soft puffing noise inside me. I remembered lying there for a while, while listening to the river, the gunfire and voices…” (203 O’Brien) These incidents are genuine. They really happened. There is almost a feel like you were present at that time, in the war, watching O’Brien lay there. In a New York Times Article, “In Vietnam, Turning a Camera on the War”, James Hill wrote up about a foreign photographer named, Horst Faas, in Vietnam. Fass was front row in the violence. Capturing moments that you could say O’Brien is trying to portray in his writing. Interviews of veterans can bring the war to life as well, in a video “Vietnam War 12of12 Combat Veteran Interviews”, a man describes his experiences in the war. He explains all the violence and bloodshed he endured. Watching things like this could better your understanding on why explaining what happened, and all the fighting is significant. In another instance, O’Brien
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Entry 1: Passage: He tracked us back to the barn, I thought. We f*cked everything up. (108) Situation: They tried to pull off a prank involving firecrackers, but they traced it back to them. Analysis: They used curse words in the passage. Curse words are used pretty often in this book.
1. In one sentence, explain Jill McCorkle’s primary concern. I.e. What is she afraid of?
Even after all these years, O’Brien is still unable to get the images of Vietnam out of him head, specifically of the man he killed. In the novel, he repeats the description of the man numerous times, almost to the point of excess, saying,“he was a slim, dead, almost dainty young man of about twenty. He lay with one leg bent beneath him, his jaw in his throat, his face neither expressive nor inexpressive. One eye was shut. The other was a star-shaped hole” (124).
In Cold Blood is based on a true story. It tells of the murders of the clutter family. The family of 6 consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Clutter, their two teenage children, Kenyon and Nancy, and their two older daughters that were grown and out of the house. The family lived in Holcolm, Kansas and in November 1959, they were brutally killed in their own home by Dick Hickock and Perry Smith, with no apparent motive. When the family was discovered, only small things were missing from their home,”...
In the chapter when he describes the man he kills, he talks about the state of the dead body by saying, “His jaw was in his throat, his upper lip and teeth were gone, his one eye was shut, his other eye was a star-shaped hole…the skin at his left cheek was peeled back in three ragged strips, his right cheek was smooth and hairless, there was a butterfly on his chin, his neck was open to the spinal cord and the blood there was thick and shiny and it was this wound that had killed him” (O’Brien Chapter 11). This brutal and horrifying imagery displays an irrefutable element of truth to O’Brien’s writing. Not only does this imagery highlight the truth to his writing, but it also sheds light on the brutal truth about the war in Vietnam. By using imagery as such a strong rhetorical device in his writing, he gives the average person a taste of just how barbaric and cruel Vietnam felt for the people who experience the war first hand on either side of the fighting. Tim O’Brien gives a very detailed and intense description of his time fighting in Vietnam during their war with America.
He fought a war in Vietnam that he knew nothing about, all he knew was that, “Certain blood was being shed for uncertain reasons” (38). He realized that he put his life on the line for a war that is surrounded in controversy and questions. Through reading The Things They Carried, it was easy to feel connected to the characters; to feel their sorrow, confusion, and pain. O’Briens ability to make his readers feel as though they are actually there in the war zones with him is a unique ability that not every author possess.
Books can create portals to different life experiences and encourage reading. A few schools and libraries have challenged the educational value of some books, however, therefore leading them to eventually be prohibited in a particular place. Each reason may be different depending on the book and the location of the exclusions. Books are icons of literature and their value should outshine the occasionally offensive topic. Be that as it may, there are multiple reasons why books should be taught and included in a curriculum.
The book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was about a girl named Molly who is a considered a Goth at her school. Molly has black fingernails, wears dark clothes, has black clothes, and listens to dark music as well. Molly is an outcast at her school and does not have many friends, or people that like the same things she likes. Molly is having a tough time adjusting to her peers around her. I would rate this book a 6/10 because the author makes this story boring and it is hard for me to follow the storyline, the author does make good vivid pictures of the characters and I can easily imagine the characters in my head.
Numerous scenes in the novel, The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, are riddled with violence. Those horrid scenes shape the themes of a heightened mental state and revenge. The actions of the Alpha Company are driven by emotion and stress. These issues create great problems for the Company, stripping them of their civilized societal standards and leaving only natural human instinct.
Throughout the novel Flight, written by Alexie Sherman, the protagonist, notably known as “Zits,” displays an obscene amount of vulgar language. The use of his patois that is now commonly used amongst the vast majority of teens around the world is one worth explaining. To start, vulgar language is essentially looked down upon because of how profane and “unnecessary” it is. The use of this language in everyday life, not only within this novel, is one that is used to convey emotion, as it is much easier to swear and curse than it is to convey your emotions with “proper” language.
The book that I chose to read is by Harper Lee, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ The novel’s setting features the Deep South and envelops an intense portrayal of prejudice and race narrated through a little girl’s eyes. Filled with impressive evocations of American life at the peak of the Great Depression that shook the nation in the 1930s, whilst also underpinned by caring and moral susceptibility, the novel proofs as both an excellent rendering of a particular place and time as well as an all-inclusive tale of how old and wicked perceptions can be triumphed by understanding. It was published by J.B Lippincott in New York in 1960 (Topham, 2018). ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ has received both positive and negative feedbacks from a wide audience of readers.
O’Brien who was drafted for the Vietnam War, questions why he is present in the Vietnam War, and how the wars form in the first place. “A war of national liberation or simple aggression? Who started it, and when, and why? What really happened to the USS Maddox on that dark night in the Gulf of Tonkin? Was Ho Chi Minh a Communist stooge, or nationalist savior, or both, or neither?
There are a lot of ways that my essay is like a book the things they carried. First the use of tone is one lit devise that both O’brien and I used. I used deeper language and try to make things feel more important with the tone. O 'Brien the way uses tone in the things they carried is in the way he talks about war he uses emotional and epic tone as seen in the quote “ The town could not talk, and would not listen.” "How 'd you like to hear about the war?
This technique is supported when he includes Rat Kileys narration in his story, while all at once, allowing the reader to understand that Kiley is known for embellishing. “The question is not of deceit. Just the opposite: he wanted to heat up the truth, to make it burn so hot that you would feel exactly what he felt” (Kaplan 5/8). By O’Brien allowing Kiley to express his view of the war, he further sustains the writing technique used to reinforce the belief that with numerous narrations, he provides the audience the opportunity to depict and imagine their own reality of the war. The war stories told through each individual soldier’s perspective, but more significantly, with their own emotions towards the war and the events which occurred during the war.
There is no doubt that O’Brien actually went to Vietnam, however, there is some doubt that events that occurred within the text actually happened. When addressing these occurrences, he uses language that leads the reader to believe that the account itself may be fictional. For example, in “How to Tell a True War Story” alone, O’Brien essentially convinces the reader that many of his accounts in Vietnam are fabricated. He goes to the extent of saying things like: “In many cases a true war story cannot be