Close Quarters is a memoir of Larry Heinemann’s experiences in Vietnam. The story uses vivid detail and diction to convey his memories to the readers. The story lacks any real central theme, and is highly violent. The only literary element that persists throughout the story is the destruction of the main character’s increasing desensitization to violence, as one by one, his friends are killed off by Vietnamese forces. The first friend to be…Continue
Night is the memoir of a Hungarian Jewish teenager who was deported by Nazi's to the Aushwitz death camp during the Haulocaust in 1944. Elie Wiesel recalls the atrocities of the haulocaust with vivid symbolism. Throughout the course of the story, Weisel loses his faith in his God, and after he witnesses the half an hour long hanging of a young Jewish child, he almost completely stops believing in humanity. He brings to life the his transportation on cattle cars to other death camps, and how…Continue
The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried is an impressive work of literature, and the best war story I have ever read. Former soldier Tim O’Brien uses vivid, but cruelly realistic short stories to construct detailed images of the Vietnam War. Tim O’Brien bases his stories around his life as a frontline soldier, and the brave servicemen he fought with while serving our country. 20 years after Vietnam, Tim O’Brien uses his words to paint the deaths of his fellow countrymen as if…
Tuesday With Morrie
Tuesdays With Morrie is a nonfiction story about a professor’s last lessons before he dies from ALS. Throughout the book, two main ideas are expressed by Morrie before he dies. His first revelation is that death should not be seen fearfully or looked upon as embarrassing, but accepted and embraced by society. His second idea is that humans must love each other or perish in the end.
Mitch Albom narrates the slow disintegration of his professor and how…