1. Discuss the narrator’s purpose in using irony and paradox in these stories. (What is he using irony and paradox to reveal or to accomplish in these stories?) Give 3-4 examples of irony and paradox and discuss the purpose each example serves in the respective story. S.O.P. = Choose one of the following topics based on Tim O’Brien’s stories, “The Things They Carried” and “How to Tell a True War Story,” and develop into an essay, between 2.5-5 pages, in MLA format; due next Wednesday, at midnight. Remember: some quoted material from the text can be helpful, but keep the quotes brief, with no more than one or two long block quotes. ALWAYS introduce (or set up the quote) and ALWAYS, ALWAYS explain the significance and relevance of the quote after it is given.
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