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The Things They Carried Essay

  • Submitted by: starmoo1993
  • on December 5, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 963 words

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Mysterious Ways of Tim O'Brien

Have you ever heard a war story? Has anyone in your family told you about the Vietnam war?   Well these stories have many real and truthful fact. But how do you know there's not lie in them? Based on all of that your still hooked on hearing the story. In The Things They Carried, author Tim O'Brien   explains how telling a true war story is mad of lies, exaggeration, and real fact about the war, through the use of metafictional devices.
If and when a war story is told pay attentions to the details.   If you experience refinement or rectitude had been recovered from the waste, then you have been made a fool of. " A true war story is never moral. ... If it seems moral , do not believe it".   Not because you have been made a fool, but because only maybe half of this really has any moral in it and maybe because only half is really true. Except   not all stories are like this. Some are really long and interesting supposing   the war story is embarrassing, then the story has truth behind it. Still it's based on the moral of the story. But that's only if the story really has a moral. " You can tell a true war story if it embarrasses you. ... If you don't care for the truth, watch how you vote".   Honestly   how do you know what's really going on if the story has no moral and it does not embarrasses you, how do you tell? How do you tell reality from what has happened?
" In any war story, but especially a true one, it's difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen". Thought out these stories there is a lot of lies, exaggerations, and truth. Tim O'Brien uses these metafictional devices to keep the listener wanting more then what they came to read. why do they do this? They do this because the next time they tell the story its better then the first. However they all start with "in a war story."
Tim O'Brien has a very different   writing style. Yet this style gets through to the young readers. Many of the young reader can't tell...

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