Analyzing an effective argument of The Things They Carried Paper

Analyzing an effective argument of The Things They Carried Paper

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Jenna Hopkins Unit 1 Paper COM 112- Thomas 6-14-12 Analyzing an effective argument of The Things They Carried An effective argument has many aspects that must be addressed. Not only must the audience understand the full meaning of the story and be able to pick apart its small rhetorical gestures but the author must have an intended use for every last typed word and punctuation. In, The Things They Carried, the audience is entertained and mesmerized with a small glimpse into the array of items the soldiers brought with them into the Vietnam War. These items, the reader comes to find out, seem to offer a metaphorical shield from the demons that present themselves in the war they are in. In reading this story, one is presented with many elements of argumentation and is shown an effective argument. The purpose of The Things They Carried is to meditate. The essay discusses a necessity of items soldiers in the Vietnam War brought along with them on their journeys. As much as it seems to inform the reader of what they had, the meaning of the items and text seem to stretch much deeper. The personal connection of the soldier to the items is used as a release of emotions. For example, Lieutenant Cross and his burning love for the woman at home named Martha kept him going throughout the war. In fact, this was his necessity, his constant occurring thought, so much that he blamed the death of Ted Lavender on his obsession (O’Brien 358). What makes this example so unique is that the connection Cross has for Martha is explained in a
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prayer. It is this way because Martha will never know his true love for her and in the writing he is offered peace of mind.
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