In Tim O’Brien’s novel, “The Things They Carried,” imaginations can be both beneficial and corrosive. This novel consist of story truth and real truth. Throughout the novel, imagination plays a big role. Tim O’Brien wrote his book about the war mainly based on his memory of the 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 often jumps around, changes what he already said, switches between first and third person narration, and even admits to a lying in previous sections. He’s not ashamed to admit the fabrication that is infused throughout the twenty-two short stories of The Things They Carried. Fabrication helps O’Brien tell the story more accurately the... ... middle of paper ... ... death. His stories about Vietnam directly relate to his story about Linda because he tells these stories for the same reasons- to make the dead come alive again. Tim O’Brien uses The Things They Carried to accomplish many things within one novel.
He had decided to get away from the world and live in Alaska, Jack London style. He had hitchhiked all the way from South Dakota to Alaska. Chris was very excited about the trip. He was going to go into the wilderness alone. ?There was no talking him out of it.
Into the Wild was written by Jon Krakauer in 1996. It is a nonfiction book with a main theme of finding your own happiness. In this book, the main character, Chris McCandless, journeys into the wild both literally and figuratively. Chris literally goes into the wild when he leaves civilization behind and ventures down a dangerous trail into the unpopulated forest of Alaska. Chris figuratively goes into the wild when he decides to leave everything and everyone that he knows behind.
Through journal entries, highlighted passages, stories of people’s encounters, and personal experiences, author Jon Krakauer attempts to reconstruct the life of a young transcendentalist man named Chris Johnson McCandless in the biographical novel Into the Wild. McCandless was a 24-year-old young man who completely severed his connection to the world, his family, and all of his tangible possessions in hope to survive off the land in Alaska. In the two years that led to his Alaskan Odyssey McCandless created a new life for himself and lived by the name Alexander Supertramp, in hope to leave his old life behind. Krakauer starts his novel “Into the Wild” by bluntly revealing to the audience that he had only survived 113 days and his remains were found two weeks after preceding his death. Rather than focusing on McCandless death, Krakauer focused on his life.
Viktor Frankl’s autobiographical account of his life in the most desperate of times is a story of optimism in the truest sense of the word. This brave man was able to explore his meaning of life in the depths of personal despair. I am not doing a book review, and it is not my intention to do a summary of ones man’s account of the desolation that forever changed him. It is my intention to reflect on how this text inspired me, excited me, horrified me, and touched the recesses of my soul. I am reminded, again and again as I make my way through this book to “Live as if you were liv... ... middle of paper ... ...ing his story with all who read his words.
Vonnegut’s self-reflection in the first chapter of “Slaughterhouse-Five” and his inclusion of himself within the novel during some scenes, such as on page 125 when he writes, “That was I. That was me. That was the author of this book” remind the reader that the novel is not entirely a work of fiction and that many of the events really did happen, but it isn’t entirely clear exactly which scenes are simply fictitious. Because of this, the edges between fiction and reality are blurred within the text, leaving the reader somewhat confused as to what is real or not within the text. In “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” Díaz frequently inserts footnotes or references to other media into the novel, which serve to connect the story with real life while at the same time creating the sense that the events of the book could have happened, although the reader knows that they did not.
Each of his stories is changed based on his perspective and what he remembers, so it makes sense that his truth’s are individual. He also states how O 'Brien spends his time picking the truth apart about war. This could be of a couple different reasons, like his trouble remembering what happened, or how he depicts the truth from fiction. Mr. Volkmer says how O’Brien was always trying to quote on quote “ pull the rug out from underneath the reader” when he was telling a story. It is definitely true that O’Brien was trying to do that throughout the whole novel.
Capote never intended for In Cold Blood to be a documentary of the multiple murder that happened in the small town of Holcomb. When Capote published his novel, people where not familiar with non-fiction novels. People knew of the murders that had happened and started criticizing the book for not being truthful to what had really happened. This novel can not be looked at as journalism, which is often the mistake people made and still make today. Although there are many facts within the novel, the story that is being told is not always credible.
Chris never gave up any of his dreams. He traveled when people told him not to, he went into the wild when people told him it was too dangerous, he lived life to the fullest no matter what anyone said. I think the author is envious of this and that is why he decided to write a novel on Chris after writing an article on him in a magazine first. Chris McCandless or Alexander Supertramp either name cannot describe the incredible person that he was. He left on a trip that would change his life forever but it also would change the lives of his family, the people he met, and the author.