The “happening-truth” is the actual events that occurred in Vietnam. The “story-truth” is how O’Brien reshapes his stories so that readers can feel what he felt in each situation. Although it may not be what really happened, it portrays the true feeling for those who cannot be there to experience it. Tim O'Brien experienced many situations that many have never thought about. 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.
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.
Many of the returning soldiers could not fall back in to their old life styles. First they felt guilt for surviving many of their brothers in arms. Second they were haunted by the atrocities of war. Some soldiers could not go back to the mental state of peacetime. Then there were soldiers Tim O’Brien meant while in the war that he wrote the book “The Things They Carried,” that showed how important the role of story telling was to soldiers.
Tim O’Brien’s accounts of the Vietnam War is a valid source of historical events because he allows the reader inside his head, he allows his reader to feel his innermost fears, he allows the reader to experience the death of others as he did, he allows his reader to feel his emotions, he allows his reader to experience his account of the war that they do not get in history books. Much of what we read about the Vietnam War includes specific details such as the reason America went to war with Vietnam, how many soldiers went to war, how many died and how many came home. We also learn in history books where North and South Vietnam are located, who the generals of both sides were and who won the war. This information is found in government documents, and military papers outlining the cost in dollars and souls. There is another source of historical evidence, i... ... middle of paper ... ...e effects the psychological trauma had on many.
Lavender’s death placed Lieutenant cross in a situation where he had to choose between his priorities or his fantasy about being with Martha. It was difficult to make that decision, but he chose his priorities by burning Martha’s picture and letters in order to protect his men and regain his focus for the war. Throughout Lieutenant Jimmy Cross’ march in Vietnam, his imagination of Martha was a love fantasy. Martha was Lieutenant Cross’ pen pal. She writes letters a... ... middle of paper ... ...for themselves.
The truth behind stories is not always what happened, with each person 's perspective is where their truth lies. In the beginning of the novel, you start to think that it is going to be the same old war stories you read in the past, but it changes direction early. It is not about how the hero saves the day, but how each experience is different and how it stays with you. From his story about Martha, to how he killed a man, each one is so different, but has its own meaning that makes people who have not been in war, understand what it is like. Tim O’Brien can tell a fake story and make you believe it with no doubt in your mind.
Analysis of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien In the book “The Things They Carried”, O’Brien uses imagery, figurative language and repetition to convey his message. O’Brien’s purpose for story telling, is to clear his conscience of war and to tell the stories of soldiers who were forgotten by society. Many young men were sent to war, despite opposing it. They believed it was “wrong” to be sent to their deaths. Sadly, no one realizes a person’s significance until they die.
Usually when someone is murdered, people expect the murderer to feel culpable. This though, is not the case in war. When in war, a soldier is taught that the enemy deserves to die, for no other reason than that they are the nation’s enemy. When Tim O’Brien kills a man during the Vietnam War, he is shocked that the man is not the buff, wicked, and terrifying enemy he was expecting. This realization overwhelms him in guilt.
They all knew that they none of them really had the courage to do what they want, thats... ... middle of paper ... ...well. It can be easy to blame oneself because it can be hard to look at the what if; these men were certain that they were directly responsible for these deaths and its a burden they are going to have to carry for their life or come to peace with it. In conclusion, through the authors underlying messages within the stories, the readers are able to grasp the feeling that the war left with these soldiers. The war not only challenged their morals, but it left them with a feeling of shame and guilt. O’brien was able to capture their raw emotions through him shifting the perspectives in the novel, capturing his comrades point of view, stressing the importance of the truth.
It is difficult to describe war in full using the language of human; Steven had to revise his stories so as to make sense from it. He included parts that did not happen and some parts that actually occurred so as to make the stories appear more credible. According to the text of O’Brien of “how to tell a true war story” he recommend that people have to stop paying attention to the typical stories of war and scrutinize contradictory and unbelievable aspects of stories of war, that is a more precise means of gaining truth about war (O’Brien, 176). The movie of Steven follows some of his dimension but also decide not to follow the path of Tim in some areas. Tim explores the connection between war events and the art of narrating those events.