The Power of Fiction in The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien, a veteran of The Vietnam War, and his experience has provided the literary world with a book called The Things They Carried. The book was written with a specific focus on the truths and false-truths of the Vietnam War and the stories that follow. These truths tied into untruths are continually highlighted by multiple uses of hyperbole seen throughout O’Brien’s short stories. This reveals the stories to be lies, but lies with the purpose to tell a story with a meaning that is backed by truth, the true feelings of the soldiers, displayed as a means of experience for readers. Tim O’Brien intends to pull the readers from truth as a way to help readers fully understand the real feelings that the perilous war created.
Tim O’Brien’s novelThe Things They Carried focuses on the US war in Vietnam. In this novel the author providesnumerous details about the war and tries to rise as many themes as possible which are important according to the situation. O’Brien was a participant in the war himself. Almost all of the chapters in this book are narrated in a unique way. O’Brien emphasizes the theme of shame in his novel.
For example, his book, Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleier Story, is a must read to fully understand the pain and hardships that Rocky endured during and after the war and how he overcame all the adversity. With this is mind, Rocky used his struggles to inspire other people who may not struggle in the same way but have their own struggles to overcome them and achieve their goals. As can be seen, Rocky’s inspirational story earns him a place as one of the most courageous people in US
Kurt Vonnegut is known to be one of the best American authors of all time. Critics not only love his writing style and his ability to tell a story, but they adore the way he can turn a simple story into a lesson that goes way beyond the pages. Born in Indianapolis, Vonnegut attend Columbia University and even spent some time in the military. He says this helped show him what war was like, and he hated it. Vonnegut’s hatred of war is a very common theme he expresses in many of his works.
War, an idea that has been in the history of man even before modern civilization or even civilization itself. Due to this, war itself has become the topic of many forms of literature, because of its ability to transcend he normal aspects of life, allowing authors, writers and poets to include many pieces of knowledge, lessons and themes in their work. Two authors that have attempted to do this are John A McCrae in the poem “In Flanders Fields” and Thomas Hardy in “Channel Firing”, in these works there holds many similarities and differences. Such as in both works the authors are clearly speaking on the negative gory aspects of war, and both have a point view of a person who is in a middle of the battle. These texts though differ in the fact that they use literary elements in different way to emphasis a point.
“I knew I was going to be a writer.” This is what S.E. Hinton, author of The Outsiders, said in here Dear Readers page. She is meant to be a writer. In this classic story, greasers fight in a verbal and physical war with the Socs. What makes this book a classic, is that it uses many techniques to give more information to the reader, to make the story more compelling.
Stephen Crane is an American Novelist. He was famous for the way he represented his work. He was famous for introducing his work in a mix of naturalism and symbolism and creating emotions that every character in the story relates to one of the readers. Stephen Crane uses the elements fear and control or emotions in general to track the readers from beginning to end. He doesn’t only reveal the way these characters respond to one another, but also, the way people respond to their own irritating feelings of fear, and requirements for control.
As every piece of literature consist of themes The Road and A Canticle for Leibowitz is no exception. Themes hold crucial information regarding the story; they show the main ideas and thoughts of the authors writing the particular piece of art. Since it holds so much value to the readers, they are always emphasized to a certain degree, but in the case of post-apocalyptic genre violence is a pillar of this genre while love is used more rarely. Therefore by studying and researching how Cormac McCarthy and Walter Miller portrayed the most important themes in post-apocalyptic genre, the basis and difference between 20th and 21st post-apocalyptic literature will be drawn. The most prominent theme of the post-apocalyptic genre is violence.
Using the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Mark Twain was considered one of the most influencing authors of American fiction. First, his works used the voices of common people, reaching out to those with the same situation he had in life. Mark Twain used his books to describe his boyhood, in such a way so that others may relate. Second, he used his intelligence to tell others of his experience during American conflicts. In one of his books, The Gilded Age, Mark Twain explains to readers about the "selfishness and money-making schemes" during the Gilded Age, in further understanding of the revolution of American History.
In the novel In Cold Blood, Truman Capote provides so much information about Perry than any other character. Within the novel, Capote expands so much interest in Perry’s personalities and it develops throughout the novel. Capote believes there is still some good in Perry, and this is what makes the reader so obsessed with Perry. Also, the author portrays Perry as a victim of circumstance as seen through the inclusion of his abusive childhood background, his vulnerabilities and crush dream, which is why he makes such a great
I found lists of his battles and how he came out victorious. It also gave me a little image of how the war looked afterwards. It was a basic overview of everything I needed to know about Custer. The author of this article is Stewart Sifakis. Sifakis is very well qualified due to several books he has written on the Civil War.