"Verisimilitude" is defined as...
...the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability
The story's verisimilitude does not come from diction or plot, for much of the story is like a shopping list: a catalog of the many things the soldiers out in the fields of Vietnam carried. Many of the supplies involved a thorough collection of weapons and provisions for the battlefield. Others, the items that provide more insight into the individuality of the characters, are found in the personal possessions each carries to enable him to stay connected to family and friends at home—connected to the normalcy of a former life as they face the possibility of death each day.
The literary device that makes the belongings so impactful is the use of the general device of imagery. Imagery is defined as...
...the forming of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things.
Imagery creates vivid mental pictures by appealing to the senses.
The characters become realistic—and memorable—as we
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