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What does weight represent literally and figuratively in Tim O Briens The Things They Carried?

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Introduction

What does weight represent literally and figuratively in Tim O' Brien's "The Things They Carried"? Thesis Statement: Tim O' Brien used weight to vary each soldiers' responsibility and status both literally and figuratively. Basic Outline: Introduction: State my thesis statement, have about three arguments to support my thesis. Explain briefly how Tim O' Brien used weight to vary each soldier's responsibility and status. ...read more.

Middle

Explain literally first then figuratively. State the thesis again to conclude the arguments, no new ideas would be contributed here so it won't confuse readers. Body Paragraph: Tim O' Brien had different definitions for lighter and heavier objects. In the story, he created a character for each soldier by using lighter pistols to describe those who were more timid and petite size whilst he used heavy machine guns to describe "a big man". ...read more.

Conclusion

Tim O' Brien was very straight forward when he mentioned the weight of the twenty-three pound machine gun that Henry Dobbins was carrying, there was a strong as a matter of fact tone in his words when he said "as a big man", it was almost like he delivered to the readers lines and lines of statements. This method of writing has an effective tone because all these statements reflect the setting of the war, completely blunt and bold, hence, showing the amount of responsibility each soldier's has. ...read more.

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