To better understand the short story “Long Walk to Forever” by Kurt Vonnegut, it is important to have an overview of the short story’s language. The author employs common English in the text and relies on dialogue to convey the action. The language is rarely descriptive and embellished; the author only establishes the setting or the characters’ position, being less concerned with imagery and more with the conversation between the two protagonists.


The imagery employed is very concise and punctual. Here are two relevant examples: “He was a private first class in the Artillery. His uniform was rumpled. His shoes were dusty. He needed a shave.”  And:

"The shadows of the apple trees grew to the east. The bells in the tower of the school for the blind rang again. "chick-a-dee-dee-dee," went a chickadee. Somewhere far away an automo...

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