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That's a great passage that illustrates your point, Emma. The syntax and sentence structure -- O'Brien uses matter-of-fact phrasing and asyndeton (the repetition of phrases without conjunctions) -- to get across that "mechanical" going-through-motions feeling.

O'Brien's style, in some ways, seems so straightforward, but it has, as you've noticed, a very subtle complexity.

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I agree about O'Brien's flow and pace in the stories. He doesn't exaggerate to get the point but the emotions in the actions of the soldiers are well displayed. I agree with you, Emma, the style makes things pretty clear.

I agree that O'Brien's style of writing is very interactive. One particular thing that i noticed while reading was the use of the sentence and paragraph structure to convey a sense of action and motion, similar to the constant action and motion in war.

I also agree with the idea that the writing style helps enstill a clearer sense emotion in the audience, which is the goal in a piece of literature such as this one that deals with emotional topics.

I agree with Emma, as well as everyone who commented. I feel that Tim O'Brien's writing and story telling puts the reader in the specific event and creates that sense where we are there with the characters, but are only observing their actions.

As with everyone, I do agree with Emma. I never actually realized that, or even thought to look for that kind of pattern. Alot of what the soldiers do are mechanical and I think that it's kind of cool that you can 'feel' their actions through the words.

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