Essay on The Things They Carried By Tim O ' Brien

1235 Words Dec 4th, 2015 null Page
Truth or Fiction 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. Tim O’Brien can tell a fake story and make you believe it with no doubt in your mind. He does this throughout the novel. In The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien distinguishes truth from fantasy and the fantasy from the truth. The novel constantly shows how the truth can be altered by O 'Brien 's perspective. In the novel, O’Brien tells throughout the story how he forgets what happens next in the story or he just simply does not remember. He even says this in the novel “ it’s difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen” (67). This shows that O’Brien really does not know what happened about that situation. He is second guessing his memories and can not tell what happened to what he thinks that happened.This makes the reader start to think if what is said is the truth or if O’Brien is making some of this story up. It can confuse the reader and make them lose some interest but also could draw the…

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