True War Story

  • Telling a True War Story

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    the ‘facts’ given of what took place during war (O’Brien, 173). Many people do not consider fallacy existence vis-à-vis the actual story of happenings in the war. Few people acknowledge that ‘facts’ of a particular incident normally change through wards of people. “Saving the Private Ryan” film by Spielberg Steven features facts of war story (King, 182). 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

  • How to Tell a True War Story

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    War can be defined as “an active struggle between competing entities. It’s truly hard to tell who is right or wrong during a war. Both sides are fighting for what they believe in and what is true to their heart. In the end there is always two things promised – destruction and death. These two objects can explain the result in every facet of war from the physical to emotional.      In “How to Tell a True War Story” O’Brien explores the relationship between the events during

  • A True War Story By Tim O ' Brien

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    To write a true war story that causes the readers to feel the way the author felt during the war, one must utilize happening-truth as well as story-truth. The chapter “Good Form” begins with Tim O’Brien telling the audience that he’s forty-three years old, and he was once a soldier in the Vietnam War. He continues by informing the readers that everything else within The Things They Carried is made up, but immediately after this declaration he tells the readers that even that statement is false. As

  • The War of the Worlds: The True Story of His World

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    that altered the natural order of things. An innovator of his time, H.G. Wells was influenced by his socialist political views, the London of his prime, and the controversy between creationism and evolution, as evident in his science fiction novel The War of the Worlds. In the 19th century, Britain was a great European Power and London was transformed into the wealthy center of the Empire (“Martians and Marxism..”). Britain and its leaders saw their overall power as evidence of their “superiority” to

  • How A True War Story By Tim O ' Brien

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    In the short story, “How to Tell a True War Story,” by Tim O’Brien, the short story depicts how a soldier 's story can change to better entertain the listener and hold their attention. Small aspects of the story they tell may change each time in order to make the story mesmerizing enough to make the listener want to hear the story, although it may be slightly inexact compared to what really may have happened. The stories viewpoint from the soldier can be depicted in a variety of ways, depending upon

  • Tim O’Brien’s How to tell a True War Story

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    Tim O’Brien’s “How to tell a True War Story”      According to the author Tim O’Brien, people tend to readily accept the ‘facts’ presented of what happened during a war. People do not consider the existence of fallacies regarding the actual stories of what happens in wars, few consider that the ‘facts’ of an incident often change through people’s words. The film ‘Saving the Private Ryan’ by Steven Spielberg features both facts and seemingness part of the war story. Since it is so difficult to

  • Introspection in How to Tell a True War Story, and Into the Wild

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    Tell a True War Story” Tim O’Brien expresses his thoughts about the true war story and how the war story is changed according to the person who tells it. Jon Krakauer illustrates Chris McCandless’s journey into the Alaskan wilderness and reasons for McCandless’s gruesome death in an isolated place, in his book “Into the Wild.” O’Brien relates introspection and a soldier’s war story by saying that the war story portrays the feelings of a soldier. A soldier’s war story is not the exact war story; it

  • How to Tell a True War Story by Tim O'brien

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    Through Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” to Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, they reflect the cultural, economic, political, and intellectual upheavals the United States was experiencing. These stories affect your way of thinking about these times, especially the war. The Vietnam War was one of the major events that occurred during the “Baby Boom” era. The era was called the baby boom because the United States was going into war and all the men were being drafted

  • Stories of Insanity in How to Tell a True War Story by Tim O´brien

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    Stories of Insanity The hardships of war can change a person to the point of insanity. However, one man lived through the dramatic hardships of war and told the tales of his experiences. William Timothy O'Brien, an American author, was born on October 1, 1946. He went to Macalaster College in 1968 for a degree in political science, and then he attended Harvard University from 1970-76. He served in the Vietnam War and was discharged for being wounded. He received the Purple Heart and became a reporter

  • Tim O’ Brien’s How to Tell a True War Story

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    Many times readers lose interest in stories that they feel are not authentic. In addition, readers feel that fictitious novels and stories are for children and lack depth. Tim O’ Brien maintains that keeping readers of fiction entertained is a most daunting task, “The problem with unsuccessful stories is usually simple: they are boring, a consequence of the failure of imagination- to vividly imagine and to vividly render extraordinary human events, or sequences of events, is the hard-lifting, heavy-duty

  • Ambiguity in How to Tell a True War Story, by Tim O’Brien

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    Response In “How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O’Brien, Orwell’s ideas are questioned and the competition between the truth and the underlying meaning of a story is discussed. O’Brien’s story depicts that the truth is not always a simple concept; and that not every piece of literature or story told can follow Orwell’s list of rules (Orwell 285). The story is told through an unnamed narrator as he re-encounters memories from his past as a soldier in the Vietnam War. With his recollection of past

  • How To Tell A True War Story by Tim O´brien

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    Short Story Explicative Critique “How To Tell A True War Story” In Tim O’Brian’s short excerpt, How to Tell A True War Story, the narrator recounts his hardening experiances in the Vietnam War (1956-1975). O’Brian details the story of Rat during the war, and his experiances losing his best friend. Through the use of literary divices such as imagry, paradoxical ideas, as well as themes that juxtapose each other, O’Brian is able to deliver an effective message in reguards to the complex

  • The Wreck of Time, How to Tell a True War Story, and Into the Wild

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    questionable throughout the history. She is trying to evoke the reader to question his/her vitality in the world. Tim O’Brien illustrates the element of a true war story and what makes a war story true in his work, “How to Tell a True War Story.” A soldier’s war story will not be the exact story of a war but it is a collection of how the soldier perceives each war experiences. O’Brien illustrates how remarkable experiences are chosen by the soldier. In his novel, “Into the Wild,” Jon Krakauer analyzes Chris

  • Irony in Tim O’Brien’s How to Tell a True War Story

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    Irony in Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” “This is true.” (O’Brien, 420) – with this simple statement which also represents a first, three-word introductory paragraph to Tim O’Brien’s short story, “How to Tell a True War Story”, the author reveals the main problem of what will follow. “Truth” – when looked up in a dictionary, we would probably find definitions similar to sincerity and honesty on the one hand, and correctness, accuracy or reality on the other hand. When looking at these

  • How to Tell a True War Story by Tim O’ Brien

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    (Hebert). The madness causes a person to struggle with experiences while in the war. In “How to Tell a True War Story”, the madness of the war caused the soldiers to react to certain situations within the environment differently. Tim O’Brien’s goal with the story “How to Tell a True War Story” is to shed light on the madness the soldiers face while in the war. Tim O’Brien tells the true story of Rat experiences of the war changing his life. Bob Kiley, a soldier that everyone called Rat experienced

  • The Search For Meaning in How to Tell a True War Story, and Into the Wild

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    disagree with the concept of defining and labeling the self to just be one determined identity, and he defends this argument in his text “Wisdom.” Similarly, in war veteran and author Tim O’Brien’s narration “How to Tell a True War Story” he illustrates the imperative role that the bond he shared with fellow soldiers played during the Vietnam War and in discovering new things about each other’s personality. However, writer Jon Krakauer takes readers on an expedition to follow the journey of Christopher

  • The Ambiguity of Truth in How to Tell a True War Story by Tim O’Brien

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    In “How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O’Brien, Orwell’s ideas are questioned and the competition between the truth and the underlying meaning of a story is discussed. O’Brien’s story depicts that the truth isn’t always a simple concept; and that not every piece of literature or story told can follow Orwell’s list of rules (Orwell 285). The story is told through an unnamed narrator as he re-encounters memories from his past as a soldier in the Vietnam War. With his recollection of past encounters

  • Tim O'Brian's How to Tell a True War Story of the Things They Carried

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    The Tim O’Brian’s short story, “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong”, Mary Anne Bell is a rare illustration of the innocence that is lost. In her attractive sweater, unblemished pants and free spirited attitude, no one could seem more faultless. She was the definition of a true young American teenager or at least that’s what they all assumed at first. In the beginning of the story, she is something noticeable to both the soldiers and the reader: she was expected to be a normal American girl who wanted

  • Sweetheart Of The Song Tra Bong, By Tim O Brien: A True War Story

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    When O’Brien offers that his writing is true, it is impossible to know exactly what kind of truth in which he is referring. To clarify, the author defines the word with many classifications. Using the basic framework given in the seventh chapter, it can be concluded that Tim O’Brien’s, “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” embodies the role of a true war story. One obvious way to verify that it is true is by recognizing that it does not have a moral, nor does it “restrain men from doing the things they

  • Comparison John Updikes AP and Timothy OBreins How to Tell a True War Story

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    Updikes AP and Timothy OBreins How to Tell a True War Story Although the short stories, “A&P,” by John Updike, and “How to Tell a True War Story,” by Timothy O’Brien, are both written in the technique of first person narrative, the two stories are conveyed to the reader in very different styles. John Updike, who was 29 at the time when he wrote “A & P,” narrates his story from the point of view of a 19 year old boy. The narration of the story of “A & P” illustrates the scene of the

  • A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner vs How to Tell a True War Story by Tim O’Brien

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    The Misleading Truth "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner and "How to Tell a True War Story" by Tim O’Brien are two admirable short stories that share some differences and similarities. "A Rose for Emily" is fiction while "How to Tell a True War Story" is about O’Brien’s life in Vietnam. Each author uses their own unique strategies to engage the readers’ interests. Both stories have many events that create different effects and cause different responses for the reader form a historical and

  • The Importance of Community in How To Tell a True War Story, Into the Wild, and Robert Thurman’s Essay, Wisdom

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    but one gains the most knowledge through the community. A community is a group of people living in a particular location. The community helps individual see what is right from wrong, by pointing it out. In Tim O’Brien’s essay, “How to Tell a True War Story”, he mentions that individuals need a community to grow and learn. O’Brien states that as individual we need other people to lean on during hard and difficult times. In Selections from into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless embarked

  • The Elusiveness of War and the Tenuousness of Morality in Tim O?Brien?s ?The Things They Carried,? ?How to Tell a True War Story,? and ?Style?

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    The Elusiveness of War and the Tenuousness of Morality in Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried,” “How to Tell a True War Story,” and “Style”      In the novel The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien demonstrates how exposure to the atrocities of nations at war leads to the soldiers having skewed perspectives on what is right and wrong, predominantly at times when the purpose of the war itself appears elusive. The ambiguity that consumes the stories of “The Things They Carried”

  • Immoral War

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    world war is supposed to be an action that one country takes after they have exhausted all other options. While the causes of war may vary, they are all similar because they are supposed to eliminate the world of some type of injustice. Kate Wilhelm, author of the story “The Village,” does not accept the notion that war is required for the greater good; she instead creates a story depicting a war that seemingly has no purpose. Tim O’Brien, author of the story “How to Tell a True War Story,” also

  • The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

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    experiences and stories about the Vietnam War in which he fought. Although O 'Brien 's book is a post war story about death and battle, it is not considered a traditional-heroic war story, because it is no typical exaggerated and uplifting story that inspires others. Instead, O’Brien’s stories are considered non-traditional and non-heroic because they are true stories with no moral or virtue. This ultimately suggests that stories with morals are lies and stories without morals are true, and in order

  • Tim O'Brien's War Stories

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    Highly controversial, the Vietnam War incited widespread anti-war protests throughout the United States. Those most averse to the war were the young adults who were greatly affected by the draft. Consequently, many demonstrations were held at colleges and universities. Strongly opposed to the conflict in Vietnam, Tim O’Brien participated in many of these rallies during his time at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Although O’Brien had a bright future awaiting him at Harvard Graduate School

  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Bryan

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    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

  • Fiction or Nonfiction, War Has the Same Effect

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    A true war story is not always true. Some would say a true war story is an experience from war. Others, who came from war, would say they make up stories to make war seem crazier than it really is. Tim O’Brian states that the story is fiction, but the moral is true. Tracy Kidder had written war stories based on his time in Vietnam, and his book is rated as nonfiction, even though he admits that some war stories are made up. Contained within The Things They Carried, is a story by a man named Mitchell

  • The Good Soldiers by David Finkel

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    A true war story blurs the line between fact and fiction, where it is neither true nor false at the same time. What is true and what is not depends on how much you believe it to be. In the chapter “How to Tell a True War Story” from the novel “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien, the author provides various definitions to how the validity of a war story can be judged. The entire chapter is a collection of definitions that describe the various truths to what a true war story is. Unlike O’Brien

  • Tim O'Brien

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    become a writer for the fame or money, but to enrich the lives of others through his story telling. Most notably, in his short story collection, “The Things They Carried,” O’Brien tells of the Vietnam War focusing each story on various soldiers and the happenings of the war at the time. However, even though it is a collection of short stories, it is not one story with a beginning and an ending, but, rather, one story. It is perhaps the closest thing to listening to a soldier storyteller over an extended

  • How to Tell a True Story by Tim O'Briean

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    The Vietnam War was the longest war in the United States history. Whether they volunteered or were drafted, one out of ten soldiers did not survive the war. With the average age of the men being just twenty-one, they were not grown up enough nor mature enough to deal with such tragedy, and grotesque, unspeakable encounters. During the span of the twenty-four years that the U.S. helped fight in the Vietnam War; 58,148 men and women died in action. Families, friends, and neighbors all fought for the

  • American Sniper By Tim O ' Brien

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    when I think of a war story is American Sniper. It would be the perfect example of what someone would think of. It shows the things that Chris Kyle went through while he was fighting in the war and the adjustment that he had when he returned home from the war. Even before the movie came out when I heard of someone returning home from being away at war the thing that came to mind was them dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Not everyone that come home from serving in the war does not deal with

  • The Truth is in the Feelings

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    According to it’s definition, a story is an account of past events. Stories are usually pretty accurate narratives that people tell for either for the entertainment of others or to help the storyteller cope with past events. It is often believed that when someone does not tell something exactly as it happened, they are lying. This is not necessarily true. The things we remember and the way we portray these memories are two completely different things. When we recollect memories and tell them to others

  • Fact Verses Fiction in O'Brien's The Things They Carried

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    fairy tales and war stories is that fairy tales begin with 'Once upon a time,' while war stories begin with 'Shit, I was there!'" (Lomperis 41). How does one tell a good war story? Is it important to be accurate to the events that took place? Does the reader need to trust the narrator? In The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien examines what it takes to tell a good war story. He uses his own experiences in Vietnam in conjunction with his imagination to weave together a series of short stories into a novel

  • The Meaning of “Story-Truth” and “Happening-Truth”

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    their heads with wonder about the meaning of “story-truth” and “happening-truth.” Although, he served in the Vietnam War from 1968 until 1970, he fabricates the events of the war throughout The Things They Carried. At the same time, he insists that the truth lies at the heart of the emotion in the story, an idea that many readers question. Furthermore, it is pointless for the reader to attempt to sort through the stories and differentiate between the “story-truth” and “happening-truth,” because it is

  • Stories compariso

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    about war, we think of the President who was at power, and the countries that were part of the conflict. However, we do not take into account soldiers, who are the ones that actually win the war because their lives are the ones at risk. This is why, I enjoy reading those stories that not only expose what happened during the war, but that tell the experiences of soldiers and the effects war has on them, which is what Ernest Hemingway and Tim O’Brien portrayed in their stories. Both stories, although

  • The Thing 's They Carried By Tim Obrien

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    storytelling can save our lives. When stories are told we look for meaning within the stories. Stories affect people in many different ways, and sometimes trying to tell a whole story does not always tell the real truth. He uses storytelling to deal with the loss and grief he encountered during the Vietnam War. Although he is sharing his stories post-war, he challenges his readers in deciding which stories are actually considered true war stories. Sharing and telling stories were outlets for the soldiers

  • The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

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    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

  • Analysis Of ' On The Rainy River '

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    Although the soldiers were united and served for the same goal, each of the men had a different motivation. For O’Brien, his motivation to join the war was the shame of running away. Almost all of the characters were afraid of being ashamed, and that served as a drive for them to do acts of heroism and similarly acts of stupidity. For example, in the story “On the Rainy River”, shame drove O’Brien to do an act of heroism as a fear of being ashamed. O’Brien wrote “For more than twenty years I 've had

  • Emotional Experiences in Tim O´Brien´s The Things They Carried

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    Most stories about war show the glory of war and heroism of soldiers. According to OED, war is “a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state”. But, what’s the definition about the stage of confusions in the soldier’s mind? A conflict between two nations or states can be resolved in a particular amount of time but can an experience from a person’s mind can ever be forgotten, can a person ever be able to resolve his own conflict: his fight

  • lies save lives

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    For much time the gruesome, jaw-dropping nature of war stories has lead readers to question their truth. This is particularly true in the emotional anecdotes told about the Vietnam War. Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried, is one of the first to address the idea of truth in his novel itself. Since O’Brien never confirms whether the factuality of his tales, many readers question whether the stories he weaves are actually true. O’Brien does not want for his audience to read so deeply into

  • Tim O'Brien and Martha Stout

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    Tim O’Brien describes the way that war stories are told and their reliability in his work “How to Tell a True War Story.” As a Vietnam War veteran O’Brien describes the nature of a war front and how people perceive the experiences in the war front differently. In her essay “When I Woke Up Tuesday it Was Friday” Martha Stout discusses regarding self-dissociation from case studies of her patients. Dissociation is the disruption of psychological functioning; trauma is one of the main causes of dissociation

  • O ' Brien 's All War Stories

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    arise doubt both in his work and other war novels by his metafiction within the novel. A reader could potentially read “How to Tell a War Story” and doubt the “credibility” of all war stories on the basis of how the story is presented. He does this by providing an additional perspective of the storyteller by providing realistic motives in the narration of stories that are often overlooked. O’Brien explicitly says this to the reader as: In many cases a true war story cannot be believed. If you believe

  • Truth and Troop Hardships in a Chapter of "The Things They Carried"

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    O'Brien's short work "How to tell a true war story" O'Brien has two reoccurring themes. One is of the desensitization of the troops during their hardship regarding the events of the Vietnam War, and the other is of the concept of truth. Truth may seem simple enough to explain, but is in fact endowed with many layers. The story is chalked full of contradictions, as well as lies, and embellishments, and yet O'Brien claims that these are the truth. The truth, whether it be war or society's, is in fact a

  • Tim O'Briens' Perspective and Statements in Regard to Storytelling and Relationship to the Truth in The Things They Carried

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    day that we live our lives we are faced with the opportunity to believe and tell many stories and dramatizations. As a young child in Hebrew School you were taught that the world was created in six days and on the seventh day God rested. In a Christian home you were told about Saint Nick. On a juvenile level, stories serve a purpose to teach something and to give hope. As adults we continue to tell stories to ease the pain of a subject or to get us through a hard time. A mother that has lost

  • The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

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    The Things They Carried The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is a story about the Vietnam War and the experiences O’Brien saw and felt. His narrative is a personal reflection of what he experienced in Vietnam years ago. However, does this reflection have the validity of a primary source? O’Brien lived through horrific events during the Vietnam War, he suffered them first hand, and his experiences are recorded in his memories and retold later in his books. How reliable is his narrative about

  • Nietzsche And O ' Brien

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    Nietzsche and O’Brien have some ideas that are very similar, and some that are opposite. O’Brien thinks that to tell a true war story the story has to unbelievable, but Nietzsche thinks people make unreal appear real. On the other hand, both Nietzsche and O’Brien agree that people exchange the truths for illusions, which O’Brien refers to as magic; and people use intellect to deceive others. Nietzsche believes that the way intellect works is to deceive people. They naturally play that role in order

  • Essay About Love Story

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    The author arranges three love stories which are interspersed in the novel. He puts “Love” in the beginning, “Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong” in the middle, and the “The Lives of the Dead” at the end. The contents of the three love stories are different. For instance, Jimmy and Martha are described as two people who are in different worlds. Jimmy is in the battlefield, but Marsha is an outsider of war and a young girl who loves peace and literature. Mark Fossie and Mary Ann Bell are sweet couple

  • Accuracy in Carried

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    It was what had brought them to the war in the first place, nothing positive, no dreams of glory or honor, just to avoid the blush of dishonor." Throughout the novel, The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, it is difficult to separate what is true and what is made up. O’Brien writes of two truths, the “happening-truth” and the “story-truth”. 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

  • Metafiction In The Things They Carried By Tim O Brien

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    hardships and truths of the Vietnam War. He writes about the various soldiers, their families, his family, and all their stories, “war stories” as he calls them. However O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” is far from your typical war novel. Rather it is a sort of testimony of each one of the soldiers. It tells of the emotional life altering experiences of these soldiers. And it gives each one of them a story. To further engage his readers into the soldier’s stories, O’Brien is extremely effective at


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