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Use figurative language to make your writing memorable.
 




 

Add a simile, or a comparison using like or as, to describe what it's like to leave a war zone and return to civilian life. Try to evoke both the apparent ease and the shocking abruptness of the transition.

“They process you out of the army in about two hours – say the pledge of allegiance, get in a taxicab, get on a plane, take off your uniform in the toilet, and fly to Minnesota. It was over, in a day and a half – from Vietnam, to Seattle, to Minnesota. It was fast and effortless, just like . . .”

– Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried, describing his return from Vietnam to civilian life

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Add a simile, or a comparison using like or as, to describe what it's like to leave a war zone and return to civilian life. Try to evoke both the apparent ease and the shocking abruptness of the transition.

“They process you out of the army in about two hours – say the pledge of allegiance, get in a taxicab, get on a plane, take off your uniform in the toilet, and fly to Minnesota. It was over, in a day and a half – from Vietnam, to Seattle, to Minnesota. It was fast and effortless, just like gliding out of a nightmare.”

– Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried, describing his return from Vietnam to civilian life

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