Beauty of War - sentences demonstrate how quickly the...

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Ivan Ivanov The Beauty of War In general, when looking at syntax, one notices the upfront structure of the novel concerning it's length of sentences, as well as the placement of commas, semi-colons and such. And so that is what this brief analysis is to focus on. To start off, the first thought that comes to mind when reading the passage is that the war is beautiful, and astonishing. It's easy to assume this as the author states “through the dark like brilliant red ribbons” (77). Brilliant is often used to describe awe-inspiring events, or as Tim put it, events that “fill the eye”. And so in exposition of the passage mainly contains sentences that are fairly long, and filled with detailed (brilliant) imagery of the war. However, as the passage comes to a close, the sentences become abrupt, one upon the other. From the lengthy imagery, the author turns to state “It's astonishing. It fills the eye. It commands you”. Being probably the most powerful fragments of the passage, with interpretation, these
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Unformatted text preview: sentences demonstrate how quickly the beauty turns to savagery. At first, you admire the fluid symmetries of troops on the move, the harmonies of sound. .. great sheets of metal-fire streaming down from a gunship. But then, all of a sudden, that metal-fire hits the target. Just like that, the beauty is gone. No longer will the troops be in perfect symmetry, nor will the sounds resemble harmony. In turn, everything will be a cacophony of colours and explosions. This is what the short sentences resemble the chaos of beauty turning to murder. The final statement, It commands you, refers to the abrupt change in the atmosphere. It's the abruptness of the events that commands you, for a command bark out in a fragment makes a great deal of a greater impression that a lengthy direction. Startling, it urges a compulsion to initiate the command given....
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course ECON 412 taught by Professor Jiggly during the Spring '11 term at Jefferson College.

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