The Things They Carried by Tim O'Bryan

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Truths are concepts that are not simply recognized, but that are to be discovered or created. One person's truth may be seen by another as a lie. What is the difference between an unnoticed myth and an unrecognized truth? The difference between the two lies within the eye of the beholder. For Tim O'Brien, the author and narrator of The Things They Carried, truth equals what the reader thinks happened and what really happened. Whether or not it actually happened does not matter; something can happen and not be true. In The Things They Carried, “Good Form”, “Dulce et Decorum Est,” and as well as “The War Prayer,” the truth may or may not be involved; truth is what you believe it to be. The difficult association between the occurrence of war and storytelling is told through the eyes of Tim O’Brien; he explains that a true war story has a supreme adherence to offensiveness that provides a sense of pride and courage commonly found in storytelling. “The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and im...

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