The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy

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The Truth Behind The Kill A Critical Analysis of Thomas Hardy’s “The Man He Killed” In Thomas Hardy’s “The Man He Killed,” the persona writes the piece in first person, giving the story an unknown narrator, and also adding strength and a deeper connection with the reader. This allows for the story to be seen as one person to another, rather than words you are reading off of a page. He uses undetailed imagery in the second stanza, "And staring face to face, I shot at him as he at me. And killed him in his place."(Hardy 7,8) by not showing a clear statement describing the setting or even the weapon used to commit the killing. The narrator gives an encounter he had with another solider. His vocabulary used adds to making the story seem very unintelligent and adds to the impressions that it is coming from a common man fighting with the army. Hardy uses informal words including “nipperkin” and “half-a-crown” to show that this poem is written by an average man, and also helps to set the time period. This poem also includes multiple breaks within the lines, "I shot him dead because — Because he was my foe” (Hardy 9,10). These breaks demonstrate long pauses the reader should take to understand the tone behind the line being read, as well as the author searching for a legitimate reason to explain why he shot the man. Hardy demonstrates how war creates impersonal and deadly relationships between men. He is conveying that if these men had met under different circumstances, "By

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