The Narrator Of A True War Story By Tim O ' Brien Essay

768 Words Mar 15th, 2016 4 Pages
The narrator of “How to Tell a True War Story”, Tim O 'Brien, does not recount the true moment leading up to Curt Lemon 's death, so this is how to tell a true war story. Curt Lemon was not afraid at all of going to war. In fact, he was loyal and brave to his countrymen. Still, there was only one thing he feared the most, death. Their demeanors and jokes are intended to offer them some mental calmness by hiding from the trepidation of death.
When we first looked at this short story, it is tempting to say, “Curt Lemon was such a slacker and he does not have his act together.” Lemon and his best friend Rat preoccupied their time fooling around a lot with silly games involving throwing smoke grenades. The narrator leads us to believe differently of Curt Lemon 's death.
“The angles of vision are skewed. When a booby trap explodes, you close your eyes and duck and float outside yourself. When a guy dies, like Lemon, you look away and then look back for a moment and then look away again. The pictures get jumbled; you tend to miss a lot.”
But on closer inspection, I think it is fair to say that both men, especially Lemon, are trying really hard to be good soldiers. Tim O’Brien says, “War is hell, but that’s not the half of it, because war is also mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead.”
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