And then she’ll just sit and listen while he says he cannot get it out of his head, about how if he had caught that fucking sniper, that enemy sniper he’d been trying to get, that’d been following them around, terrorizing their unit, if he’d have managed to kill him like he was supposed to, then the sniper wouldn’t have gotten off the shot that killed his buddy.
-This is an example of a causal claim and almost a proposal claim. Caleb states that if he was able to do something different in the situation than the effects of what had happened while he was in the war would be drastically different. The proposal claim is evident in the fact that he also trying to convince himself that if his actions were different then he wouldn’t be having a “bad time.”
six years after Caleb’s service ended
-It’s a small but overall still a factual claim because Caleb’s service ended without a doubt.
“Of course, he’s too cranky to be happy about anything, and he’ll be mad because Katie won’t eat it because I spent all day makin’ it and the only thing she wants to eat right now is pancakes.”
-This is an example of a Factual claim because of the relationship between Katie not wanting to eat will effectively make Caleb upset. Theres a correlation between her actions and how it can interrupt his emotions.
These are supposed to be her easy months, she sighs, April and May and June, before the anniversaries of his worst firefights—many of them in Ramadi; a lot of bad things happened in Ramadi—exacerbate his flashbacks and nightmares. That’s usually September through January, the “really bad” months
-This is an example of a comparative claim. It reflects the months in which Caleb’s PTSD usually peaks in settles. In this case, during the spring, Caleb’s PTSD is calm because his memories do not correlate during this time, so the war isn’t as prevalent in his life compared to the months in the fall. In comparison, he was a harder time during the fall month because this was the time he was in the war.
You do this well, Spaghetti. Your analyses are thoughtful and complete. They don’t always touch all the bases though.
—”supposed to be” is evaluative and almost ethical. It indicates that Brianna expects and feels entitled to something she’s not getting.
—”she sighs” attributes this remark to Brianna. It signals that the author doesn’t think these are “supposed to be” anything; Brianna does.
—the “worst firefights” “exacerbate his flashbacks” is clearly Causal.
But what you say about the comparison is certainly true.
You may revise or not at your discretion, Spaghetti, but I expect you to respond to show your respect for the feedback process. Thanks!
Thank you, I was trying to find more examples of claims on the internet to have a better understanding of what is and isn’t a claim. I didn’t find many resources but now I know.