Frozen Silk

Frozen Silk

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WP2 Purpose Statement


I will analyze four book covers from the novel by Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried. I want to be able to look at the font choice, the colors, and the images that were chosen and apply them to ethos, logos, and pathos. I want to be able to look at the individual book covers to see if there is a way that a story can be told just through the image. This is the first thing that you look at when you pick up a book. The cover is supposed to tell you a story, or at least the premise of the story and what it is generally about. I want to be able to dig deeper into it and find a way that the colors, fonts, and images grab your attention and get ahold of you. I want to find out how they influence credibility just through those choices. I want to get the sense that they are appealing to some form of emotion and how those choices are made logically. My audience will be everyone that is interested in reading about war, and the associated baggage that comes with war, and not just our most current war but specifically the Vietnam War. Having PTSD myself, I have read this book many times over and can relate to the emotional baggage that comes with serving in war times. I did not receive my PTSD from being in the fight but rather the aftermath and clean up from the fight. I want to analyze, just from the covers, how it portrays a carrying of something, and not just by reading the title, but look farther into it and see what exactly the intention is for the cover. I have read the book but I have never really looked at the cover and analyzed it and this will be my opportunity to analyze it thoroughly. 

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