“It’s kind of hard to understand Caleb’s injuries. Even doctors can’t say for sure exactly why he has flashbacks, why he could be standing in a book store when all of the sudden he’s sure he’s in Ramadi, the pictures in his brain disorienting him among the stacks, which could turn from stacks to rows of rooftops that need to be scanned for snipers.”
- This quote is a causal claim because it is a prediction of what will occur in the circumstance of Caleb going to the store.
“Sometimes he starts yelling, and often he doesn’t remember anything about it later. They don’t know why exactly it comes to him in dreams, and why especially that time he picked up the pieces of Baghdad bombing victims and that lady who appeared to have thrown herself on top of her child to save him only to find the child dead underneath torments him when he’s sleeping, and sometimes awake.
- I think this is a categorical claim because they are saying they are listing PTSD symptoms that Caleb deals with
“They don’t know why some other guys in his unit who did and saw the same stuff that Caleb did are fine but Caleb is so sensitive to light, why he can’t just watch the news like a regular person without feelings as if he might catch fire.”
- I think this is a comparative claim because they are comparing Caleb to torah PTSD victims.
“Whatever is happening to Caleb, it’s as old as war itself. The ancient historian Herodotus told of Greeks being honorably dismissed for being “out of heart” and “unwilling to encounter danger.”
- I believe this is an analogy claim because it is claiming that what is happening to Caleb is as old as war itself