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Probably the most shocking episode of Full Metal Jacket is the murder/suicide scene on the last day of the platoon's basic training. This is a scene fraught with great tension and emotion. When writing about this scene, therefore, the student will wish to use language that expresses the emotions and describes the details of the scene. It is best to use strong action verbs (stay away from to be) and avoid nouns that end in -ion. For example,
Drowsy with fatigue, Joker stumbles into the bathroom, only to discover Pyle sitting on the "can" executing drill commands and loading his rifle. Suddenly, all Joker's anxieties about Pyle's breaking down flood his mind, but he must try to calm him. (Here quote what Pyle is saying--this scene is on YouTube video) Then, Pyle recites the Rifleman's command:
This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me....
Slowly, Joker moves; then, suddenly he spots Sgt. Hartmann, who growls, "Pyle, what....." Pyle has lifted his rifle; he aims--I cry out...
Another scene that is shocking occurs later in the film as Joker and others from his platoon are in VietNam. There Joker, who is a journalist for Stars and Stripes, is sent to Phu Bai with Rafterman. After the squad leader is killed, the men becomes lost and other men are murdered until the sniper is found. These scenes create tension because several are killed, and because Joker is terrified when his rifle jams and the sniper is in position to kill him until Rafterman shoots her, mortally wounding her. As the Sniper begs to be killed, Joker confronts his fears and kills the girl. In describing this scene, the student can again use precise and descriptive words and dialogue. (See a link below for tips on how to word your essay.)
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