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Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild and Tim O’Brien’s How to Tell War Story

- People try to understand the world through perception of experiences that they encounter. These encounters include either living through the experience first hand or the experience being conveyed by another person. Our perception weeds out main ideas from those experiences deeming them realistic and if so labels them truths. However, our perception of the obtained truth from those experiences is not always credible because as a recipient we are restricted to the amount of experience we can retain....   [tags: Into the Wild, How to Tell War Story]

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

- 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 definitions, one can make out two groups of meaning: While sincerity and honesty are very subjective, correctness or accuracy are supposed to be objective by nature....   [tags: How to Tell a True War Story Tim O'Brien Essays]

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

- 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 fully describe a war using human language, Spielberg ended up revising his stories to make sense out of it....   [tags: Tim O’Brien How to tell a True War Story]

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How A True War Story By Tim O ' Brien

- 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 what emotion the teller is remembering and partaking in when they interpret the story....   [tags: Fiction, Short story, Essay, Truth]

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A True War Story By Tim O ' Brien

- 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 chapter continues O’Brien further describes the difference between happening-truth and story-truth and why he chooses to utilize story-truth throughout the novel....   [tags: Fiction, Short story, Literature, Novel]

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

- The “Baby Boom” era occurred between the years of the late 1950s thru the 19970s and shaped America and its culture into the type of country it is today. It helps to understand these times to prevent history from repeating itself while better understanding how people were feeling during that time. Also, to better understand what was happening during that time by reading the literature that was written during that time period. 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....   [tags: vietnam war, baby boom, Ursula K. Le Guin]

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

- 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 for the Washington Post from 1971-74 ("Tim O'Brien").Tim O'Brien's writing career began when he wrote a collection of newspapers, and magazine articles called If I Die in a Combat Zone....   [tags: hardships of war, change]

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The Vietnam War, Grandpa's Story

- “The Vietnam war was a costly and very long conflict that eroded the communist regime of North Vietnam and its allies against the South Vietnam and its ally, us the United States of America (Unknown Source).” The Vietnam War began on the eve of 1959, causing a struggle between two of our major national forces. These two forces were attempting to unify the country the both love, Vietnam. Many of the young souls were young men, such as my grandfather who felt that they were helping their country. Like my grandpa, many of the soldiers have not served in a war before, and were recruited into the war....   [tags: Communism, Regime, North Vietnam, World History]

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A War Story - Original Writing

- A War Story - Original Writing I perched over the wall, looking deep into the darkness. Deep, with unfocused pupils trying to forget it all. I stared at the sophisticated shapes of the mosque when my eyes suddenly came into focus. I sat and observed the devout Muslims, not coming to pray but to bargain with Allah. The regulars were all there; the blind woman wishing to see her daughter for the first time; the schoolgirl praying to do well in her exams, somehow bargaining at the same time; and Shahbana-the searching mother....   [tags: Papers]

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

- In the text, “How to 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 is the illustration of that particular soldier’s perception....   [tags: Into the Wild Essays]

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War Story - Original Writing

- War Story - Original Writing "What will you lack, sonny, what will you lack, When the girls line up the street Shouting their love to the lads to come back From the foe they rushed to beat?" As I sat in English Study, these words kissed upon my juvenile ears. The voice was that of my school friend Albert as he read the first lines of Fall In to my classmates. As I heard more and more of the poem, I felt stronger and stronger about seriously signing up to fight in the Somme....   [tags: Papers]

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Slaughterhouse Five Is Not Written As An Anti War Story

- Slaughterhouse Five is the ideology of the 1960’s counterculture poured into a fictional autobiography, creating one of the most powerful anti-war books in history. This story is the fictional memoir of Kurt Vonnegut, a WWII veteran, who has suffered the effects of war on the human psyche. Slaughterhouse Five is not written as an anti-war story, however its portrayal of the destruction as a story leaves the reader with a sense of disgust. Vonnegut created this story during the counterculture’s rebellion against the Vietnam Conflict, several counterculture ideas are apparent throughout his story....   [tags: Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut]

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War Story- Personal Narrative

- War Story- Personal Narrative Finally we got a well deserved break from what seemed like our endless marching. As we stopped pain shot up my left leg like a bullet. I looked automatically to my right. Nobody was there. My best friend Simon would usually stand there, as he had in the war before, I could imagine the grin on his face. The images of all those years ago started to play in my mind… It began when we were assembled in the safety of the trench. Then we heard those dreaded words that can make a man throw up with fear for his life....   [tags: Papers]

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How to Tell a True War Story

- 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 war and the art of telling those events....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Reporters at War: Dying for the Story

- James Miller (18/12/1968 - 02/05/2003) and Namir Noor-Eldeen (01/09/1984 - 12/07/2007) payed the ultimate price, each of them were shot dead while endeavouring to document the events of armed conflict as members of the media. Miller was a successful cameraman and film director with previous experience filming in areas of conflict, he was working on a documentary depicting the lives of various children living in the war-torn region of Rafah, Gaza. He was shot in the neck, dying almost instantly on the last night of filming by an Israeli soldier....   [tags: Journalist Deaths, Controversy]

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The Story of the Everlasting Cold War Between The West and The East

- The Story of The Everlasting Cold War Between The West and The East After the end of the Second World War II, The United States became a powerful, respected empire and kicked off with the determination to maintain the success of its military and its economy. Its past experiences with wars and its effective diplomatic influences inserted disquieting concerns in the heart of the Soviet Union that has held the ideology of communist expansion close to its heart. In this paper, the focus is to discuss the conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union and how it led the United States to enter a non-conventional war named the Cold War that manifested itself in myriad occasions....   [tags: World War II, World History, Cold War]

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Rebuilding in Japan: A Story about Avoiding the Korean War

- The Korean War, also known as the forgotten war , was one of the most brutal and violent wars of the 20th century. Less than five million people died during this war. My grandfather, Herbert Victor Sapper, was drafted during the time of the Korean War, but, he wasn’t sent to Korea, he was sent to Japan. Since my grandfather passed away in 1995, I gathered all of my information about my grandfather from my grandmother, Lelia Bell Sapper. Here is their story. My grandfather was sent to Japan in the year 1950....   [tags: the forgotten war, ]

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

- According to the Indian Times, madness is the rule in warfare (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....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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

- 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, day-by-day, unending labor of a fiction writer” (Tim O’ Brien 623)....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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

- 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 relationship between physical war and war stories....   [tags: lemon, rat, friend]

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

- In her essay, “The Wreck of Time,” Annie Dillard explains the significance of an individual and how a person determines the significance of the self. Dillard analyzes the points where the human race becomes insignificant and the importance of the population becomes 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....   [tags: Into the Wild Essays]

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

- 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, the narrator also offers us segments of didactic explanation about what a “true war story” is and the power it has on the human body (O’Brien 65)....   [tags: meaning, experience, perception]

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

- Summary In “Politics and the English Language”, George Orwell argues that the English language has evolved from a language of meaning to a language of vagueness. He critiques modern English for its staleness of imagery and lack of precision, stating that it has relied on “ready-made phrases” (Orwell 280). Orwell believes that the use of complex words has deprived the general public and writers themselves from the meaning a certain piece is trying to illustrate. He draws upon five scholarly sources, all of them being related to politics, to strengthen his idea that the secured feeling of mediocre writing has prevailed over the risk involved with passionate writing....   [tags: literary analysis, Tim Obrien]

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

- 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 nothing more than a family....   [tags: literary analysis]

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

- Life is a series of questions that people strive to answer through desperate endeavors to put some value and meaning behind their existence and purpose. However, it has been a mystery as to how to achieve those answers. A popular misleading belief is that the answers to life’s questions begin from answering the biggest question of them all “Who am I?” To discover the answer to this and all other questions, people use the assistance of others around them. Interacting and forming relationships with others allows one to not only to get to know those people, but also discover him/herself in that process....   [tags: Tim O'Brien, Jon Krakauer]

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Through Love and War: The Korean War Story

- Through Love and War: The Korean War Story Freddie’s Market during the early 1950s would be the host of much gossip and change. The Corsica Café would lend itself to long political debates and chats over coffee. Meanwhile, the Korean War would be blasting through the decade of the 1950s. The fashions, the fads, the prices, the music, the art, and the infamous Korean War tell the story of the decade we call the fabulous fifties. “I remember working at Freddie’s Market in Corsica, SD. I would sack candy, and do other sorts of jobs to earn a little money to live on....   [tags: Society Fashion Essays]

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Consequences of War in the Short Story, The Fly by Katherine Mansfield

- ... Woodifield. An office that has just been refurbished which he is very proud of. Only one thing is different this time. After the two friends share a whiskey, Mr. Woodifield recollects something that he wanted to tell the boss. While Mr. Woodifield daughters were on a visit to their brother’s graveyard, they spotted the boss, son’s graveyard nearby. The boss ignores the rest of his story and quickly shows him the way out. The boss is clearly upset. The war had taken away his son. Six years ago....   [tags: boss, son, death]

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Analysis Of The Story ' Grandma 's Tales '

- Living Through Granddaughters While many people around the world look to America and see a better life waiting for them and the American Dream waiting to be lived, often times this dream never comes to fruition, even if they do reach America. Such is the case in the short story Grandma’s Tales, by Andrew Lam in which a recently deceased Vietnamese grandmother becomes reborn as a much younger and improved version of herself ready to live life to the fullest. This rebirth symbolizes the life that she wishes she lived, however due to constant conflict and famine in Vietnam, and her deteriorating health in America, was never able to do so....   [tags: Family, Grandparent, Vietnam War, Short story]

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Without Warning: A War Short Story

- Without Warning All I remember is someone yelling at the top of their lungs “RUNNNNN,” as shots rang out behind us echoing across the valley. Everyone scattered and scurried up the mountain as if we were ants and someone had stomped on our nest. A sense of despair came across me, I froze for a few seconds like a stunned mullet. I looked around at my platoon scampering up the desolate mountain face searching desperately for a place to take cover, orange rocks flying everywhere with the constant sound of bullets whizzing past....   [tags: Battle, Death, Shooting]

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The Battle: A Vietnam War Short Story

- “This Assault operation must be supported by the maximum small arms fire available. This means, all machine gunners must produce the overwhelming firepower to win the fire-fight and gain the initiative. The position you will be attacking has no depth, therefore, a straight aggressive fight through. That is all, and good luck. “ Pre deliberate attack briefing, Plain of Reeds,1967. Once more we were out in the boonie working with the South Vietnamese Marines on one of their expeditions into the Plain of Reeds....   [tags: Wound, Tactics]

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The Bielski Brothers in Belarus: A Story of Survival, Racism and World War II

- “The Bielski Brothers” is a story of three amazing brothers, their journey of survival and experience they faced in World War II. Peter Duffy places this extraordinary story of survival in context by describing the Bielskis lives and experiences , quoting from Tuvia Bielskis previously unknown journal, and revealing the sociopolitical history, including the anti-Semitism of Belarus, a region the Bielski Brother’s had grown up in. WWII was one of the most unforgettable events in history, an event that has changed the world drastically, and an event that inspired the Bielski Brothers to act upon and try to make a difference in their Jewish community, a change that could have cost their lives...   [tags: The Bielski Brothers, World War II, Peter Duffy]

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

- Knowledge is defined as the body of truth or facts accumulated in the course of time. Knowledge is gained through school, peers, friends and family and oneself, 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....   [tags: Into the Wild Essays]

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Shame And Its Impact On The Vietnam War

- 5. The concept of shame has had a profound impact in the lives of these soldiers in the Vietnam war, as shame is both what brought most of these soldiers to the Vietnam war and is what keeps them there. When O’Brien states, “I survived, but it 's not a happy ending. I was a coward. I went to the war” it can be logically inferred that the concept of shame both drove him to the act of heroism as well as the act of stupidity (61). O’Brien going to war depicts the act of heroism because he decided to overcome his fears, and decided to fight for his country’s reputation and honor, by risking his own life – the most precarious gamble....   [tags: Vietnam, Vietnam War, Fiction, Short story]

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

- A revolutionary of his time, H.G. Wells influenced centuries to come with his science-fiction literature. Wells was born September 21st, 1866, in Bromley, England, during the third stage of The Victorian Era. It was a period of self-doubt and a lack of nationalism for the British, but also a time of discovery and advancement in the scientific world (Masterworks).The early twentieth century was a critical time in London’s history for political and scientific development. Many spirited debates were ignited during this time that altered the natural order of things....   [tags: H.G. Wels, science fiction]

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Fiction Story: Alala War Goddess

- I was standing in a huge room with pillars going up to the ceiling and in the middle of the room was twelve chairs and in each one was a person men and woman. They all stood up and walked toward this baby on this stone table I gasped because the baby was me. They all put their hands on the baby and transferred this light into me then one of them a man picks up the baby they all smile and look at the man holding baby me he says your different Alala your meant for so much you are the one who will protect and fight for us and for mankind....   [tags: olympus, godness, mankind, dream]

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The World War II Story of My Aunt

- The World War II Story of My Aunt Before World War 2 started my Great Aunt lived in Kilkenny, in Ireland, and then she came over to England at the beginning of the war to join the forces. She spent her first four years training at a special camp for flight mechanics. After a long four years she went to Hereford for 6 months were she learnt to use the tools involved in mechanics and about aerodynamics. Next she was moved to Northholt which was a special school for pilots learning to fly at night....   [tags: Papers]

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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?

- 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” and “How to Tell a True War Story” is displayed with irony, for the ‘moral’ of such war stories is that there is no moral at all....   [tags: essays research papers]

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

- Comparison John 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 grocery store in which the teenage boy, Sammy, is a cashier who witnesses everything that goes on during the day....   [tags: essays papers]

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

- 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 formalist point of view....   [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]

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Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

- American history is so much more interesting now than it was when I was growing up. I have just finished reading Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick. First of all, I was surprised to see a book on this summers New York Times Best Seller List about a subject so long ago. I would have thought the story about the Pilgrims had been told enough times no one would bother writing another book. Philbrick has written an enlightening account of the 17th century events that shaped our country....   [tags: US American History Book Review]

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The Trauma of War Conveyed in Ninh's Short Story, A Marker on the Side of the Boat and the Film, Barbed Wire and Mandolins

- War is cruel. The Vietnam War, which lasted for 21 years from 1954 to 1975, was a horrific and tragic event in human history. The Second World War was as frightening and tragic even though it lasted for only 6 years from 1939 to 1945 comparing with the longer-lasting war in Vietnam. During both wars, thousands of millions of soldiers and civilians had been killed. Especially during the Second World War, numerous innocent people were sent into concentration camps, or some places as internment camps for no specific reasons told....   [tags: Film Analysis, Movies]

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Love story set in World War One

- Love story set in WWI A shell struck near the trench, forcing debris towards Robert. He awoke with start. His friend laughed at Robert's startled expression. "Are you still not used to that?" Dougie said wryly, knowing that no-one could ever overcome the shock of the trenches. "Here, I saved you these." He handed over some biscuits. Robert thanked him. He tried to break the biscuit to see how hard it was. He found it very difficult to snap so he wet it and smashed it to small pieces with a brick....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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Good vs. Evil in Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

- Good vs. Evil in Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Kipling’s Rikki Tikki Tavi has all the necessary parts of a battle story. It is full of battles, war tactics, good, evil, motive, song, and drama. A battle story needs a gripping introduction, one that hints at the battles to come and one that brings the reader in with an exciting anticipation. This story first begins with a poem of the brave Rikki Tikki angrily chasing death with a lust to kill. It right away shows the necessary bravery and strength of the protagonist/hero and the might and evil of the antagonist....   [tags: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi War Story]

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People 's Education Level Analysis

- All three of these authors observe that people’s values and experiences often lead them to different conclusions. As Nelson indicates in her story, people’s education level, when it comes to art, varies. She explains that in these modern ages, people are exposed to violence so often that they just brush it off. She believes that because violence is used so often through many different forms of media and art, people are allowed to have their own interpretation. She explains in her quote, “...no one can own it; no one can own its meaning....   [tags: Short story, War, Person, ConTeXt]

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The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

- In his short story, “The Things They Carried”, Tim O’Brien narrates the events that surround seventeen American soldiers and their struggle to survive in the hostility of the jungles in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. As a Vietnam War veteran himself, O’Brien obscures the line between fiction and non-fiction as he incorporates some of his own experiences during his service in Vietnam as well as made up events to create a collection of short stories that occur during this era. Although O’Brien is the narrator and a character in most of his war stories, this particular story is told through an omniscient point of view and focuses on the Lieutenant of the seventeen-man platoon, Jimmy Cross and...   [tags: Narrative, Fiction, Vietnam War, Short story]

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The Sniper By Liam O ' Flaherty

- The Sniper Analysis The thirty-fourth president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, once said, “I hate war as only a soldier who has seen its brutality, its fatality, and its stupidity.” This quote and pertains to the sniper since in the short story Liam O 'flaherty declares about a young man in the story is on a roof fighting in the civil war in Ireland. O 'flaherty writes this short story about a sniper fighting in the war to describe how brutal warfare is. One way that is used to describe how horrible combat is....   [tags: World War II, War, Sniper, Short story]

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A Perfect Day For A Bananafish

- This current cultural environment of materialism during the post-World War II period inspired J.D Salinger to pen the short story “A Perfect Day for a Bananafish.” It is a story that details the suicide of Seymour Glass. Salinger, in his story, critiques the materialist consumerism that arose after the second world war. The American society has not been severely impacted by the war in comparison to Europe. The country was also doing well finally, and the economic prosperity that arises during the war meant that a large number of the population has sufficient finances to make unnecessary purchases (Franssen, 158)....   [tags: World War II, World War I, Post-War, Short story]

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`` Chickamauga `` By Ambrose Bierce

- Disillusioned Actualities In the short story “Chickamauga”, the author Ambrose Bierce uses a young boy to connect to his audience with what is the disillusions of war, then leads them into the actuality and brutalities of war. Bierce uses a six year old boy as his instrument to relate to his readers the spirits of men going into combat, then transferring them into the actual terrors of war. In the beginning of the short story, the young boy is already imprinted with the ideas of war from his father....   [tags: Short story, The Reader, Combat, War]

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The Demon Lover Rough Draft

- The Demon Lover Rough Draft Tragedies tend to stick around our heads for a long time, in “The Demon Lover” by Elizabeth Bowen, she lets Mrs. Drover have the misery of her husband’s death haunt her subconscious mind. Also the other major theme is the effects of wartime on the human brain. Revenge in the short story is no bad deed goes unpunished. As well, the tale could be considered an allegory in which the soldier symbolizes "endless, inescapable violence," Many of the symbols, motifs, and the two characters in the short story support this theme also....   [tags: World War II, Short story, Fiction, World War I]

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The Lottery By Shirley Jackson

- Shirley Jackson is an important name in the writing community, especially when it comes to her short story, The Lottery. Jackson not only shows off her talent with The Lottery, she has made her name one that will not be forgotten for a long while. Not only has the story been published many times, it has been “anthologized, dramatized, televised, and [even] turned into a ballet” (Whitter). This is not only because of the plot of the story, but because of the deeper meanings, the techniques that she used, and the many ways that the audience can interpret the story....   [tags: World War II, Short story, Shirley Jackson]

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

- How does Catch-22 reflect the growing counterculture in America in the 1960s. Catch-22 is a novel by American writer Joseph Heller, it was published in 1961. The novel is set during the Second World War. John Yossarian is a Captain in the American Air Force. Catch-22 was a problem in which a soldier could not be released from duty until they were officially dismissed. The Air Force took advantage of this by continuously increasing the number of missions that a soldier had to fly before they could be sent home....   [tags: world war II novels, story analysis]

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The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

- The Things They Carried Accounts of real life events can often be boring and plainly factual. However, when a writer like Tim O’Brien gives perspective on his experiences, he choses a unique view to write from. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien shows us the emotional and physical sides of war through short stories describing what men carried with them throughout the war. Tim O’Brien was born on October 1, 1946. He spent his early years raised in Austin, Minnesota....   [tags: Emotion, Short story, Vietnam War, Army]

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The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

- Tim O’Brien’s short story, “The Things They Carried” shows how a soldier balances his life at war and his personal life. The story is centered around the death of a platoon member at war and the horrible conditions of Vietnam. An unnamed male narrator tells the short story by listing the items the soldiers carry while in the Vietnam war. The items that Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carries are tangible items and intangible items. By creating a list, the narrator can describe the experience of the Vietnam war but also prepare the narrator to discuss the more emotional issues....   [tags: Vietnam War, Army, Fiction, Short story]

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All The Kings Horses And Manned Missiles By Kurt Vonnegut

- In Kurt Vonnegut’s two short stories, ‘All the Kings Horses’ and ‘Manned Missiles’, he tried to reflect on the actual international backdrops of the time the stories were based on, in two different ways. While both stories reflected on the events that took place during the Cold War, the author managed to portray the actors involved the United States and Russia, in different ways in order to show the historical implications the stories had, and how it could be related back to that time period. Even though the stories had certain similarities like the actors involved and the time period it was based on, it also differed in the way the actors were portrayed and how they impacted the Cold war....   [tags: Cold War, United States, Short story, Russia]

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The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

- 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....   [tags: Fiction, Short story, Tell, Cold War]

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Representation Within ' A Dark Brown Dog ' By Stephen Crane

- Representation within “A Dark Brown Dog” by Stephen Crane With the first reading of “A Dark Brown Dog” it may seem like just a story about a strange relationship that forms between a dog and boy walking on the street, that eventually will end in the brutal death of a dog. Once you re-read and analyze the story it can be easily interpreted into a deeper meaning.The wording used by Stephen Crane makes it as if he is trying to convey a deeper connection to daily events or problems. The “A Dark Brown Dog” that plays as the main character represents the sort of reluctant hope and struggles all of america had after the civil war....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, American Civil War, Family]

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`` The All American Boy `` By Ernest Hemingway

- Beginning with an introduction of the “all American boy,” Hemingway launches the short story “Soldier’s Home” with a simplistic, yet through depiction of the protagonist Harold Krebs. Attending a Methodist college in Kansas based with a strong religious foundation, Krebs seemed to be one who had his life all figured out. Nonetheless, this all changes when Krebs makes a conscious decision to enlist in the Marines during the occurrence of World War I. Based off of Ernest Hemingway’s famous works, it is very typical of him to initiate his short stories with a contrasting theme---in this case war and religion....   [tags: Ernest Hemingway, Short story, World War II]

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A Soldier 's Home By Earnest Hemingway

- A Soldier’s Home is a short story written by Earnest Hemingway and published in 1925. One of the most compelling features of the work is its brevity and omission. Lamb notes “The short story’s lack of space leads to prose that relies heavily on suggestiveness and implication, allowing the reader a greater role in bringing the narrative to life. (Lamb 2016). As a former journalist, Hemingway learned to write in concise style that put the maximum information into every word, to the point of omitting information that could be inferred or discovered....   [tags: World War I, World War II, Writing, Short story]

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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

- "The Things They Carried," is a fiction story-telling book about the Vietnam War by Tim O'Brien that describes the physical and emotional burdens the men carry not only during their time in Vietnam but also years after leaving the warfront. The book is a series of stories told with O'Brien as the main narrator. O'Brien tells of the journey he takes alongside his unit, revealing his fight for courage and decision to commit to the serving in the war. It is a groundbreaking meditation on war, memory, imagination and the redemptive power of storytelling....   [tags: story telling books about the Vietnam war]

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Richard Herman, Or Dick

- Richard Herman, or Dick as he prefers to be called, used to be an officer in the Air Force who was a weapons systems officer on F-4s and navigated on C-130s. Herman retired, in the year 1983, with the rank of major after twenty-one years of service. He did two tours on active duty in Southeast Asia and did a total of 240 combat missions during his time in the Air Force. He also taught a course at the Air Force Academy and was an operations plans officer. Since retiring from his post, he writes about all of the fabulous aircraft that he used to fly around in and has written over a dozen novels....   [tags: World War II, Novel, Fiction, Short story]

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Some Boys By Patty Blount

- Some Boys by Patty Blount is the story of a girl who is raped by a school sports star, Zac, and then is ostracized by everyone around her and branded a slut. It is a familiar story, we hear about it far too often in the press. It’s an important story, reminding us that we must keep having discussions with teens about what sexual violence and sexual consent is and what it isn’t. It is also a story in which a girl who is raped is labelled a slut and ostracized by her community rather than supported....   [tags: Rape, War rape, Sexual intercourse, Story arc]

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The Beginning Of The Story Of Odysseus

- The beginning of the story takes place after the Trojan War. All of the Greek gods have returned home besides Odysseus. He was the only survivor of the Trojan War but now he has been taken captive by the nymph. Calypso has falling in love with him and won’t let him leave. But while this is happening his wife Penelope is watching his kingdom in Ithaca. Athena goes to her father Zeus and begs him to allow Odysseus to come home. She goes to Ithaca to talk to Telemachus. Athena believes that Odysseus is alive and tries to convince him to stand up and find more information about his father....   [tags: Odyssey, Greek mythology, Trojan War, Odysseus]

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Syri The Story Of Conflict

- On the evening of November 14th, 2015 there were series of attack done at Paris, which killed 129 people. According to “How ISIS Expanded Its Threat” in the New York Times by Liam Stack, ISIS has “taken responsibility for the terrorist attack in Paris.”(n.p.). Syrian passport was found near the body of a suspect. Since then every country, including the United States is rethinking about their decision of accepting Syrian refugees. Syria is going under the Civil and Terrorism, war right now. According to the article “Syria: The story of conflict” in the BBC News by Lucy Rodgers, Davis Gritten, James Offer and Patrick Asare, the Civil war started in March 2011 with the arrest and torture of som...   [tags: Iraq, Iraq War, United States, Arabic language]

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The Transformation From Teenage Years Into Adulthood

- The transformation from teenage years into adulthood can cause a person to realize that it is time to discover one’s position in the world. Several make this transition easily while others struggle to receive acceptance amongst their surroundings. In the short story “Soldiers Home” Harold Krebs image is in photographs that are the key to how his own life transforming from a young fraternity boy then into mature soldier in World War I. Not to mention, a third portrait happens in images printed on pages of the short story, showing the young soldier’s character unable to “accept the old norms” once returning from the war (DeFalco 90)....   [tags: World War II, English-language films, Short story]

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The Story Editha by William Dean Howells

- In order to better interpret a piece of literature you have to get the background information first. Through the biography and the historical context it helped me come up with an in depth analysis of the story i researched.William Dean Howells is just one of the great practitioner of realism. While reading on Howell's reason for realism i came acrossed that Howell's belief of idealism is stupidity. With him saying,"a false sentiment and the complete opposite of common sense." He knew that realism isnt just "copying reality, but also involved attituded toward reality." With that being said it helps better understand how the story reveals itself....   [tags: regionalist, biography, romantic style, war]

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The Story ' Sunzi And The Emperor 's Concubines '

- Reading the story “Sunzi and the Emperor’s Concubines” was about Ch’i state native, Sun Tzu who trying to prove to Ho Lu, the king of Wu, that his theory of managing soldiers was affective. When Sun Tzu was demonstrating to Ho Lu his techniques, the two concubines he was using at the time did not pay attention. They did not do anything they were supposed to do which made Sun Tzu look bad. After this, Sun Tzu wanted to have them beheaded because of their behavior, but the king was resistant. These were his favorite concubines, and to have them beheaded would be tragic....   [tags: The Art of War, Sun Tzu, KILL]

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The Shield Of Achilles : The Story And It 's Meaning

- The Shield of Achilles: The story and it’s meaning in The ‘Iliad’ The Shield of Achilles shows life in two different perspectives; it shows normal life in peace, as it symbolizes everything past the battleground; as well as it implies that war creates only one unique aspect of life. This shield has a very low impact on the story as a whole, but it also provides a viewpoint on the entire Trojan War. This protective piece of armor reminds us that humans may serve not only as fighters, but also as regular living beings that have to survive....   [tags: Trojan War, Achilles, Iliad, Greek mythology]

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Timothy Findley 's `` War ``

- Timothy Findley was a famous Canadian novelist who wrote for various television series and stage performances. Before his death on June 21, 2002, Findley completed one of his most renowned short stories called “War”. Findley wrote this story revolving around the life of a young boy named Neil. Neil is dreading to accept that his father is joining the army and going off to fight in the war. Throughout the story, Findley demonstrated numerous characteristics that uncovered Neil’s inner conflicts. Firstly, Neil’s character starts off being shown as fragile....   [tags: Aggression, Violence, Short story, Conflict]

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How to Tell a True Story by Tim O'Briean

- ... While a story may seem to be true, to the reader, it turns out that “beginning to end…it’s all made up. Every goddamn detail. None of it happened. None of it” (O’Brien 91). The baby water buffalo story didn’t happen nor did the story about a soldier who throws his body on a grenade and does not manage to save his buddies. A baby water buffalo being tortured simply serves as a graphic method of portraying onto the readers how the young and immature Vietnam soldier handles the death of his dear friend....   [tags: vietnam war, soldiers, history]

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The Story Of Aeneas 's ' The Aeneid '

- I believe that Aeneas stays true to his duties through most of the poem, through upon meeting Dido, Aeneas gets distracted by her interest in him which in turn also distracts her from her own duties. In start of the “The Aeneid” we read, “Arms, and the man I sing, who, forc’d by fate, And haughty Juno’s unrelenting hate, Expell’d and exil’d, left the Trojan shore. And in the doubtful war, before he won The Latian realm, and built the destin’d town; His banish’d gods restor’d to rites divine, And settled sure sucession in his line, From whence the race of Alban fathers come, And the long glories of majestic Rome....   [tags: Aeneid, Aeneas, Trojan War, Juno]

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Commentary on J.D Salinger´s Story: A Perfect Day for Bananafish

- “Call me the instant he does, or says, anything at all funny--you know what I mean” (Salinger 1). This is a line from “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” one of the nine best selling stories written by J.D Salinger. It shows Muriel and her mother in a phone conversation, discussing Muriel’s apparant mentally ill husband.In this short story, the consequences of war is shown through the husband’s actions and feelings. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the many mental illnesses that the husband faces, and subsequently, leads to his death....   [tags: World War II, Disturbed]

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Short Story : ' Heaven And Earth '

- A New Beginning Le Ly, in the film Heaven and Earth has clearly had her moments of hardship. Le Ly in the face of the Vietnam war was stripped from the remnants of her childhood and faced with her enemy on multiple occasions. Le Ly’s older brothers went off to fight for their country, while she and her family stayed on their village to ten their farm. It wasn’t long until the war was at their front door. Le Ly was then tortured by the Viet- Con, almost raped by soldiers; if that wasn’t enough to break her spirit then her and he mother had to move away from their beloved village to find work in Saigon....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Human, United States]

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The Story of The Great Depression

- The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in the 1930s and lasted until the late 1930s or middle 1940s. For more than a decade, America's free-market economy failed to operate at a level that allowed most Americans to attain economic success. While the Great Depression brought about widespread unemployment, collapse in investment and credit, bank failures, and reduction in purchasing across the board, John Maynard Keynes did well to propose specific solutions to these issues....   [tags: world war II, industrial production, unemployment]

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The Story Of Jeanne Wakatsuki

- This book tells us the story of Jeanne Wakatsuki written by the main character, herself. The set of events that will change Jeanner 's life and also the life of thousands of Japanese and its offspring will come after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942, three years after World War II had begun raging in Europe. Jeanne is what is called ' 'Nisei ' ' which means second generation of American Japanese. Her mother and father are the first generation of Japanese immigrants ("Issei", in Japanese) to come to the United States....   [tags: World War II, Japan, Japanese diaspora]

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Polio : An American Story

- Andrew Suy Professor Owens History 1302 13 April 2016 Polio: An American Story Polio, formerly known as poliomyelitis, an infectious viral disease that affects the central nervous system and can cause temporary or permanent paralysis. A debilitating disease that was once the affliction of our very own republic. David Oshinsky’s Polio: An American Story chronicles polio’s progression in the United States, a feat it does quite well throughout the course of the novel. At first polio was a troubling prospect when it first reared its ugly head in the United States of America....   [tags: United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, World War II]

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The Story Of A Child

- Everything was dark, quiet and cold. Then a sudden flash of light blinded me before everything fell still and silent. As I opened my eyes, the realization came to me that I had no idea who or where I was. I stood up and felt unharmed, so I looked for a way out of these woods, where I supposedly ended up. Out of all the confusion, I stumbled upon a rather old fashion looking house, looking for an answer. As I knocked on the door, a woman, who looked to be in her 40s, answered. “Hello child. How are you?” she asked....   [tags: World War II, World War I, Adolf Hitler]

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The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

- The War of the Worlds is a novel by H. G. Wells that was published in 1898. It takes place where it was written, in England. It fantasizes the idea of Martians inhabiting the Earth and attempting to take it over. It contains an extensive and descriptive plot, a realistic and extensively developed character, and an exciting style that goes into amazing detail yet does not get exceedingly boring. Firstly, in The War of the Worlds, I felt an underlying sense of imperialism as the martians reigned over the country for a time....   [tags: story and character analysis]

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Analysis Of ' The Bell Witch Myth And Is Influenced By American Horror Story

- She Who Lives Again She Who Lives Again is a fictional graphic novel set in a fictional southern United States during the pre-Civil War era. It loosely based on the Bell witch myth and is influenced by American Horror Story (TV Series). The story explores the implications of racism and revolves around an African American woman and a White man in a relationship that is heavily looked down upon by society. She is eventually hunted by extremists and killed in front of a crowd. She returns as a ghost, drives her most powerful enemy to insanity and kills through controlling a bull....   [tags: American Civil War, Southern United States]

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Speaking of Courage: The Norman Bowker Story

- Today, we have a lot of veterans who are coming home from war that are being displaced. In this chapter it talks about a Vietnam War soldier named Norman Bowker who arrives home from the war. In the chapter, Speaking of Courage from the book ‘The Things They Carried’ written by Tim O’Brien, Norman feels displaced from the world and everyone there. A returning soldier from the Vietnam War is driving around a lake on the 4th of July in his fathers big chevrolet, but then realizes he has nowhere to go....   [tags: veteran, war, medal, irony, father]

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Short Story, The Shawl, By Cynthia Ozick

- The year is 1942. Nearly the entire Eastern Hemisphere is fighting the worst war in history: World War II. However, something far more atrocious is happening behind the battle lines. Millions of Jews are being captured, tortured, and slaughtered in concentration camps throughout Germany. During what will later become known as the Holocaust, nearly eleven million people will be murdered in the hands of the Nazis (Blumberg). Many of those who survived this atrocity experienced symptoms of PTSD and other mental disorders resulting from the Holocaust....   [tags: World War II, Nazi Germany, Cynthia Ozick]

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