Although O'Brien invented many of the stories, he creates images and ideas that make the reader feel what he felt during his time at war. As an author, his job is not to tell what happened, but to tell the story where the reader feels what he felt going through the villages in Vietnam and fighting on the front lines. For those who never went to war, the feeling of hiding and almost being blown into pieces does not exist in their minds. They will never share the share experiences that Tim O'Brien went through as he served his draft. With each story, Tim O’Brien expresses a certain feeling.
He is telling this story to Sybil, a four-year-old little girl who interacts with Seymour on the beach. She and her mother are staying in the same hotel as Seymour and, his wife, Muriel. Right away we see he is an imaginative fellow that is making up a story to please this little girl. At first this is just a simple story to pass the time, but then as soon as Seymour takes his own life, it is revealed that its much more complex than that. The beginning of “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” starts of with .
That was never the case for herself, she was an only child. She set up her towel, and placed her things down beside her. Down at the water she could see children with their families and friends, they were having fun having water fights and swimming about with inflatables. One little girl caught her attention, she was giggling as she swam towards her proud mother in her pink armbands, very similar to the ones she used to have. 'Up we go' said her father, lifting her up to reach the button.
He did not remember every details of the war, thus he made up some false details to the stories to make it seems more interesting. He wants the readers to be able to feel how he felt and understand how everything happened as he tells the story. He wants to provoke the emotional truth. O’Brien tries to prove that imaginations is not completely a bad thing and that it is also a good thing. O’Brien starts to create stories about what could have happen and what he could not do at the war in addition to the original war story.
Stories that soldiers would tell were ways to keep the soldiers levelheaded and to find a moral obligation to war. O’Brien’s stories are ways to reflect on the memories of the men who have fought and experienced death together. In his story, “How to Tell a True War Story,” he speaks of the death of Rat Kiley’s best friend, Curt Lemon. He says that sometimes in war stories it becomes difficult to distinguish between what
Then everything changes because the town finds out that the will be a host city for a movie being made about teenage life. Savannah, the teenage star of the movie adopts Squidge as her personal runner. Will he be able to keep Savannah happy without breaking his promise to Lia? Lia is a tall slender young woman whom all the boy’s are crazy for. She has long blonde hair, blue eyes, and has the perfect complexion.
Her two best friends were running towards her. Emily picked up her satchel up off the gravel path and ran to meet them. “I’ll see you two, tomorrow”, said Emily as Bethany and Megan got on the bus. “Alright”, said Megan her blue eyes glittering in the autumn sun, her honey blonde hair that hung just below her shoulder blades in sleek angel curls blowing in the light autumn breeze.. All three of them had been friends since play school and become inseparable at primary school they always did everything together. “ Shall I ring you up tonight so I can help you do your French Coursework?
Sammy is immediately fixed on the leader of the three girls, which he describes as “the queen”. He refers to this girl as queenie. As queenie leads the other two girls around the store, Sammy is enjoying watching the shock of the other customers, because they are not used to seeing girls walking around in bathing suits at the A&P. As Sammy is ringing queenie up, the manager of the grocery store comes in and tells the girls off for wearing nothing but skimpy swimsuits. The manager then proceeds to tell Sammy to ring the girls up.
By comparing these two stories, the two writers present their stories in totally different ways. The ¡§Boys¡¨ is narrated in a chronology linear to give readers the process of growing up, and the ¡§Orientation¡¨ is using traditional structure with humor factor to reflect the office life. In his story¡¨Boys,¡¨ Rick Moody narrates the process of growing up of boys. The author mentions every single outcome that most of the boys are likely to encounter in their lives. Boys grow up by experiencing some major incidents.
John Updike, in his short story “A & P” written in 1961 telling his young age experiences through narrator Sammy. Sammy is a 19 years old small town man who works in a local store called A & P as a cashier. Like any other grown adult, he is also a person with healthy sexual desire for girl. Additionally, he is bored because of his monotonous job, and looking for some excitement in life. Updike presented Sammy is a strong character in A & P because his each deeds is prominent in the story.