The US in The Last of Us


My “Writing Hacks” course includes 11 “hacks” or heuristics to improve your writing.

3 of these heuristics are in the 4 word title The Last of Us.

– small words pack a punch

– load meaning into the last word of a sentence

– pronouns are powerful

Us. A pronoun at the end of a sentence of small words.

The Last of Us is a story about…Us. At a time when how humanity sustains Us is more important than ever.

Watch the full narrative analysis of The Last of Us episode 1

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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