Note that the work, author, and character to be analyzed are identified in this thesis statement. It also identifies the element of fiction that the writer will explore (character) and the characteristics the writer will analyze and discuss (determination, faith, cunning).
He begins by “Helmet and rifle, pack and overcoat” (Poetry360 1).
The soldier described in this line is obviously headed for combat, and this is made clear by the inclusion of “rifle” in his cargo.
This experience shaped most of his works when he started writing after the war.
He served as a messenger between his company’s headquarters and the soldiers fighting on the front line.
Louis begins the poem by providing the reader with an imagery of a soldier.
Though he does not mention the word soldier anywhere, the selection of words in the first line leaves no doubt that the poet is talking of a soldier.
This thesis suggests that the essay will identify characteristics of suicide that Paul exhibits in the story.
The writer will have to research medical and psychology texts to determine the typical characteristics of suicidal behavior and to illustrate how Paul’s behavior mirrors those characteristics.
The only bright thin about the soldier’s appearance is the bright ember around their cigar.
The poem closes with the line “…., and the bright ember (of the cigarette)/Would pulse with all the life there was within” (Poetry360 15, 16).