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The Character of the bridegroom pictured in the poem, "Scenario" written by Denise Levertov and the character of Tim O'Brien in the book, "The ThingsThey Carried" written by Tim O'Brien, are developed in a certain manner.

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The Character of the bridegroom pictured in the poem, "Scenario" written by Denise Levertov and the character of Tim O'Brien in the book, "The Things They Carried" written by Tim O'Brien, are developed in a certain manner, which helps the reader understand the guilt, which is burdened upon the characters in the two literary works. In the poem "Scenario" written by Denise Levertov, the speaker is a person who understands the situation in Vietnam and takes the role of a director when narrating the poem. The poet makes the reader see the mental suffering of soldiers, which result from guilt. The setting of the poem is similar to one of a theatre. The quotation, "The theatre of war", informs the reader that the stage represents the battlefield. "Offstage a cast of thousands weeping". ...read more.

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"a young soldier, thin, but without visible wounds. He sees her. Slowly at first, then faster and faster, he begins to shudder, to shudder, to ripple with shudders." The bridegroom in the poem probably represents the American soldier. The poet has described the mental suffering, which is undergone by the soldier. The reader can understand that the sight of the damage caused by the war horrifies the soldier. His terrible guilt makes him shudder uncontrollably. Based on the structure of the poem it is understood that it is the soldier who is suffering more compared to the physically injured bride. By describing the pain, sorrow and guilt, when developing the character of the bride and the soldier, Denise Levertov tries to make the people who are responsible for all the destruction and carnage see the devastation caused by their decisions. ...read more.

Conclusion

The author has repeated the images in Tim's mind like constant memory flashes, which creates a sense of guilt. The ambitions of the victim is unknown in reality. Only imagination tells Tim that he would have been a mathematic teacher if he had not been enrolled in the war. However Tim's trance-like behaviour after the kill makes the reader understand the guilt, which was consuming him. The violent imagery used by the author has a strong impact upon conveying the message. Both Tim O'Brien and Denise Levertov uses character development to convey the guilt felt by the killers. Denise Levertov develops the bride and the soldier to show the terrible guilt felt by the soldier. Tim O'Brien develops his own character to make the reader understand the weight of the guilt felt after killing the young man. ...read more.

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