Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
ENG 125: Introduction to Literature
April 6, 2015
Haunted by the decisions we make! How can the decisions we make affect us and those around us. The two stories I have chosen are “A Rock Trying to Be a Stone” by Sergio Troncoso and “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien. These two stories both have the main characters having to battle internal conflicts versus themselves. Some of the literary techniques used in these two stories are conflict, exposition, first-person point of view and resolution. Both of the main characters face conflicts of the individual verses self. The decisions they make not only affects them but also ...view middle of the document...
He continued describing Joe when he gets angry by saying “Steady eyes above a slight smile, his shoulders and arm straight like a coil” (Troncoso, 2011). So this lets us know that he witness this behavior by Joe on more than one occasion.
The climax happened after our narrator was called to home by his mother to eat. Joe decided to start a fire shortly before the narrator left for home. During this time Fernandez could not help but tease and poke Chuy. So the Narrator was first to leave and then Joe left to go by some beer. During that time Fernandez was playing with the fire and accidently set to where they had Chuy tied up. That day Chuy died in the flames of the car.
In the “The Things They Carried”’ the literary techniques used in this story are conflict, exposition, resolution. The author using exposition gives us a good run down of what each man had to carry with them through the eyes of one man. Lieutenant Jimmy Cross is the Platoon leader in charge and responsible for the lives of his men. Lt. Cross goes about telling us about the Army slang hump. This is a common term meant to describe the equipment that each Soldier has to carry. The author does a good job telling us what his men carry. Lt. Cross explains “All the men hump slightly different things. One wears his girlfriend’s stocking around his neck, another carries a bible, another carries a slingshot, another comic books, another condoms” (Clugston, 2014). Lt. Cross himself carries letters from Martha, he is in love with her even though he is unsure of if she loves him back the same way. This leaves us with a good idea of the environment and conditions that these men have to endure.
The story deals with a conflict of individual versus self. The conflict occurs when Lt. Cross becomes saddled with guilt because of the loss of one of his men. Lt. Cross blames himself because he feels like he has had a hard time focusing on the war. He feels so wrapped up in his thoughts about Martha that every chance available “he would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the last hour of fight pretending” (Clugston, 2014).
The resolution in this story occurs the next morning after his Soldiers death. Even...