Essay on How to Tell a True War Story

957 Words Feb 3rd, 2007 4 Pages
How to Tell a True War Story" O'Brien was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War. He is telling several stories in different points of views, of things that happened to him and his buddies while at war and on how you or someone else might believe or not believe a true war story. He tells about how his friend dies in three different views. How his friend dies and it looks beautiful, somewhat how is happened and then the true war story. He also tells little stories within the whole Story. The first story O'Brien tells is how his friend's death looked beautiful. He starts off by naming who is his friend was that died, which is Curt Lemon. Curt and Rob Kiley aka Rat Kiley, they were goofing around (like kids do) …show more content…
The sounds of violins, cellos, and choirs. I would think they were nuts. I wasn't there so how can I say they didn't hear things. Then all of a sudden it got quiet. "Real thick misty haze" O'Brien describes it, they way I feel the way he's describing it as a thick presence of nothing but fog. They then pack up their camp and head toward base, to tell colonel what they had heard. They got back to base and didn't tell what they had heard, because if they did everyone would think they were looney. Only certain stories you tell and that wasn't one of them. O'Brien then begins again to tell about Curt Lemon and how he dies. This time, Curt Lemon stepped on a booby-trap 105 round, while playing catch with Rat laughing and then he was dead. Rat was mad about curt dieing. He didn't know how to cope with his death. He came upon a water Buffalo, Literally takes Curts Death out on the Buffalo. He shoots it so many times till the buffalo couldn't get up. Tortured the poor thing. Rat Kiley had lost his best friend in the world. Now he writes a letter to Lemons sister who wouldn't write back. That probably made him more upset about lemons death. "Often you may think, does a true war story have a point till 20 years later". O'Brien says this to his readers to say is there really a point to anything. You smile and drink what's the point. He finally decides on telling us the true war story. In the mountains that day O'Brien watched Lemon

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