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"How to Tell a True War Story"

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Tonesha Holland

on 27 May 2015

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Transcript of "How to Tell a True War Story"

"How to Tell a True War Story"
Literary Devices

Personification
p. 4 "The trees talk politics, the monkeys talk religion."
p. 9 "But if I could ever get the story right, how the sun seemed to gather around him and pick him up and lift him into a tree..."
How do these literary devices work together in order to create an enjoyable reading experience of this story?
Repeated Imagery
"sunlight":
the description of Curt Lemon's death by the narrator
"cross the river and march west into the mountains"
: the narrator describes this view when reflecting
"ghostly fog"
: Mitchell Sanders' description of the environment of this story
Similes
p. 6 "In a true war story, if there's a moral at all, it's like the thread that makes the cloth."
Its Purpose
It suggests the supernatural and otherworldly qualities that the landscape of Vietnam took on for the soldiers
Other Devices
Other Devices
Contrasts:
"This is true." "...in a true war story nothing much is ever very true." "In other cases you can't even tell a true war story."
Foreshadowing:
p. 2 "The game involved smoke grenades, which were harmless unless you did stupid things...."
Rhetorical Question:
p. 7 "How do you generalize?"
A storyteller has the power to shape his/her listeners' experiences and opinions in the same way the war distorts the soldier's perceptions of right and wrong.
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