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This passage from Chinua Achebes Dont Let Him Die from Hopes and Impediments Selected Essays is authors brief recount of Christopher Okigbos leave for army and his leave through death Achebe created the shock combined with deep sadness as we became empathic to the passage Achebe wasnt niggardly in expressing his emotions and thoughts In fact this passage was one of his recounts of two important events related to Christopher The text started with some relatively strong adjectives like fear and hazardous Also although the narrator started with might and probably would have tried he quickly went over to totally and absolutely By changing the tone of the diction the narrator showed his regret or sadness for the certainty the outcome that could have been prevented The narrator also included descriptions of the external appearances as well through which create imagery The brown briefcase gives us an image that is not so far away from our daily life which made the whole event approach us easier Also by saying never in uniform and in civilian clothes Achebe also implied the traits of Christopher not being haughty or arrogant and that his aim of joining the army is not about having high status There are also contrasts that make the death of Okigbo more unexpected Achebe wanted to hear about victories when he unconsciously hears about rebel troops wiped out and rebel officers killed and panic The contradiction of the dictions is very significant that it changes the tone of the passage Eagerness to hear about victory through different radio stations changed to relatively neutral feeling by hearing about the death of Nzeogwu suddenly shifted to the shock he got by knowing the death of Okigbo Even here we can find the contrast The death of Nzeogwu and the death of Okigbo had led two absolutely different reactions from the author They had suffered of the hero but the author himself wasnt
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