LIT209 Lit Response 2 - Christopher 1 Taylor Christopher...

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Christopher 1 Taylor Christopher Professor Wicks LIT 209 September 18, 2013 Paths of Glory: Literature Response 1) The beginning of the novel is intentionally confusing and disorienting. So, why would the au- thor want to intentionally confuse his audience? It is required that you provide a page number (or page numbers) from the text to support your point of view. Here is an example sentence including an italicized title, namely Paths of Glory, and a page number from the text referenced correctly (30). (Be sure to delete these sample sentences when you write your response, but do keep the questions written in bold). The author would intentionally confuse and disorient the beginning of the novel in an at- tempt to adapt the audience into a state similar to that of soldiers who have been at war. Soldiers are confused and disoriented emotionally and mentally as a result of participating in war. Since we cannot be exposed to a war setting, the author uses a method that will somewhat allow the audience to feel the same type of feelings and emotional state similar to that of the soldiers that are read about in this book. Page 4 in Paths of Glory explains the physical and internal condition of the soldiers from war. “..And the reason is that when men get scared they get tense and things inside them solidify. Functions stop. Secretions dry up. When you hear a shell coming straight at you, you hold everything, even your breath. You can’t help it. That’s why those fellows’ faces look grey. Their skin is dry. So are their eyes, and from lack of sleep too. That’s why they look glazed. For some reason their jaws seem to relax first. Every time a man comes out of the line
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