While reading “Unknown Soldier” I’ll admit, I was slightly confused. After re-reading the last two paragraphs I was able to understand. Luc Sante was describing the last moments of life of many different people, such as what they saw last and the last thing they remember doing. I was able to relate to the story because I have experienced death in my family; someone who will truly never be forgotten, also I had a near death experience myself. I vaguely remember seeing the ceiling of the den in my home, and before that i was running down some stairs. My question is, “In what ways can life define death?”
In the short story, I was able to recognize the use of loose sentences and many simple sentences. The text was very laconic and to the point. It was almost as if I were reading a to-do list. Also, Sante used a lot of parallelism, especially in the first paragraph. Overall I enjoyed the story, even though it seemed very dark.