Philip Gourevitch Analysis

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In this compare and contrast essay, I will be discussing the similarities and differences between my own imitation, that is essentially a missing passage after the first ending of the second page, and the original, named “We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families” by Philip Gourevitch. Such similarities include the use of descriptive language, reflections/analysis, some similarity in sentence structure, and similar themes and ideas also prevalent in the original. Additionally, some parts in my imitation were more direct, which is comparable to Philip's essay. As for the differences, this includes the fact that my sentences were too long, my imitation consisted of too many assumptions of the dead's feelings, and …show more content…
Additionally, the lines "smashing their skulls, and dismembering their frail limbs", and "strangely blushed red with shame", showcase this use of descriptive language as well. Comparably, in Philip's piece, various phrases showcase the beauty and horror of the aftermath of this event, through the use of descriptive language as well, such phrases include: "a woman in a cloth wrap printed with flowers lay" (446), "beds of exquisite, decadent, death-fertilized flowers blooming over the corpses" (447), and "skin stuck here and there" (446). Likewise, both our essays show similar themes and ideas too, as we emphasize the beauty and horror of the result of the massacre, while more specifically, emphasize our thoughts and reflections. Such examples include the recurring vision of smashed bones and limbs, which is present in my imitation as I wrote "slaughter those who disobeyed with machetes, and the like - smashing their skulls, and dismembering their frail limbs", and in Philip's piece, as he wrote "bones, many of which lay scattered away from the bodies, dismembered by the killers" (446). Not only that, similar themes, and illustrations between both of our pieces …show more content…
This is noted through examples like "suggested a vision of a high pitched cry for help", " As I stared within her hollow eyes I could almost envision her tears, as she lay violated", "dismembered - stripping her of her dignity", and "her cheeks - strangely blushed red with shame, and dishonor, yet with life as she had a story to tell", within my imitation, while in Philip's there isn't much imagination with regards to the feelings of the corpses, just subtle ones like "her mouth was open: a strange image - half agony, half repose" (447). Thus, my imitation consists of more imagination. Additionally, my imitation sounds more like thoughts, while certain sections within Philip's piece sound more factual. This is shown through phrases within my piece like "they were people who were oppressed, a group that couldn't stray away from this horrific crime as they were chained, and bribed by those up top who would slaughter", and phrases within the original, like "in 1994, hundreds of thousands of Hutus had worked as killers in regular shifts" (447). Thus, my imitation lacks some factual sounding sentences that can be displayed through the use of numbers, exact city names, specific names, by writing in third person for certain sentences, and more. Lastly, my sentences

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