Topic In addition to the physical things soldiers carry, the narrator of “The Things They Carried” says soldiers “carried all the emotional baggage of men who might die” (1182). Using this story and one of the poems from The Impact of War on pp. 1222-1226, write 2- to 3-page MLA documented essay that argues a claim about the “emotional baggage of war.” Cite the text of the story, the selected poem, and the secondary source to support your view. Below is only a guideline on how you might complete your essay. The assignment is simply stated above in italics. For bonus credit, you might also include one of the selected secondary sources as evidence to include in your essay. Tasks • Understand the attitude or claim—the theme—the literature express about the emotional baggage of war. o Compare and/or contrast the themes. On what points do they agree? On what points do they differ? So what? What do these similarities or differences reveal about the emotional baggage of war?
• Analyze how the short story and the poem(s) use elements of literature to prove or demonstrate the theme.
• Compare and/or contrast the use of literary elements. What strategies are the same? What strategies are different? So what? What do these similarities or differences reveal about the emotional baggage of war?
• Craft a thesis that synthesizes your argument about the literature and the emotional baggage of war. Your thesis will frame the issues. Example: o In discussions of war, one controversial issue has been the emotional baggage of war.
[Title #1] argues that [Theme]. Likewise/Similarly/On the hand/In contrast,
[Title #2] contends [Theme].
[Title #1] demonstrates its theme through [Elements of Literature] while
[Title #2] uses [Elements of Literature].
Both [Title #1 and Title #2] enable the reader to [you fill in the blank].
• Integrate quotations from the literature and the secondary source to prove or demonstrate your argument about the emotional baggage of war.
Literature text book Exploring Literature By: Frank Madden
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