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1Polysyndeton the excessive use of conjunctions to emphasize theimportance of events or other things of sequence in a sentence Whenrecalling the haunting memories of a war and putting a description toit however difficult that they be OBrien uses a form of polysyndetonto help give a pertinent definition of what war is like He lets thereader know that War is Hell but thats not the half of it becausewar is also a mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discoveryand holiness and pity and despair and longing and love80 Simplyreading the list becomes a monotonous endeavor to show the drudgery thatoccurs when you are faced with not a just a definition but the actualevent of war OBriens experiences with war obviously made a hugeimpression on him To him the war was more than just a war it was acrucial series of events that took a toll on his life He reminds thereaders of this when he drags on the description in order to recreatethe tone of the war2Metaphor the comparison of an actual idea or thing to an abstractconcept As he is contemplating whether or not to face the inevitable oralter the course of destiny O Brien uses a metaphor to show thedrastic difference between the two After being called to a war which hedoes not understand OBrien decides to run from it He looks backacross that dotted line between two different worlds55 the worldof the war and the world of freedom He uses the comparison to show howentirely and drastically different these two places are The metaphorreminds the readers at how important the decision is How upon makingthis choice will determine the outcome of the rest of the novel andfurthermore his life Whether OBrien decides to cross the dotted lineopening the door to freedom from the war and the hostility against itor he stays on the side that will thrust his unwilling being into an eraof pain and confusing he must choose
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