There is no doubt that O’Brien actually went to Vietnam, however, there is some doubt that events that occurred within the text actually happened. When addressing these occurrences, he uses language that leads the reader to believe that the account itself may be fictional. For example, in “How to Tell a True War Story” alone, O’Brien essentially convinces the reader that many of his accounts in Vietnam are fabricated. He goes to the extent of saying things like: “In many cases a true war story cannot be
First, The time period being during the civil war helps that setting because a war is taking place. The historical context can be believable and accurate since the author has experienced war first hand. Also, the emotional state of the main character, is important, because there wouldn’t be much of a story without that allusion and surprise ending. The text is important because reality and illusion operate side by side in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” and until the end of the story, the reader isn’t aware of any division between them. Farquhar’s illusion is, for us as readers, reality.
Winston Churchill uses this powerful tool in the anticipation of encouraging America to insure peace in the world and to always continue in preparation to aid an ally in desperate need of their help. With each sentence he layered sarcasm upon desperation, his disappointment and frustrating in the United States, he layered a tone of complete seriousness to illustrate the peril of the situation, and with his choice of words he painted the scenes of terror and brutality occurring overseas in other countries. While an inanimate object can cause pain that will that will never last long, words can cause wounds that may never fully heal, yet with the right wielder words can also cause motivation that could make a difference in the
In the article “Sleuthing Patriotic Slogans” by Gary Sloan, Sloan shares his thoughts with readers about seemingly problematic patriotic messages. Readers are presented with his point of view concerning “Patriotic Slogans” (Sloan 1). The myriad of slogans are seen just about everywhere and may not necessarily be taken at face value. That is to say, depending on how they are viewed by the individual, they can be problematic. Sloan’s primary point is though thought of as words that should bring people together on common ground, intended to bring forth a sense of agreement around the subject; the patriotic expressions can sometimes be conflicting and not necessarily be a positive thing.
I think that anyone who reads this book could learn something or at least make them think about the the Vietnam war and its consequences on soldiers. I recommend the book heavily recommend this book to anyone, however I do believe it be would make the book a small amount better if the person reading it had a basic understand of the Vietnam war and had thoughts/opinions about the war because this book really made me rethink my opinions and what I thoughts about the war. However, even if you don’t have a understanding of the Vietnam war, I would still recommend the book because of it’s excellent descriptions and thought provoking quotes. For example, one quote that really made think about the war and its consequences is when Lewis just got a job and he began to think “Unable to complete a task on my own and too isolated to ask for help, I decided that I was a failure as a lawyer, a husband, and a father, and I began contemplating suicide.” When I first read this quote it was extremely thought provoking and not only made me think about the Vietnam war, but war in general, and when war is justified to ruin so many lives.
Realistic elements in a story create vivid images in the mind of a reader. An author may choose to write in the style of realism in order to show the reader a situation in a realistic and genuine way so that the topic of a story may be understood better. The use of realism creates believable emotions and ignite empathy in the reader. Realism, as used in “Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy”, gives the reader an insight into the reality that the characters live. Tim O’brien uses the style of realism to demonstrate to the reader that a soldier fighting during a war was really very afraid and strongly affected by the danger that they faced rather than the common view that through their bravery soldiers are unemotional.
Golding through his use of symbolism clearly shows the movement from order to chaos throughout the novel. Unfortunately this idea that life can slip into chaos from order is not only fiction like Golding’s novel but the truth is that it has been a reality in some countries throughout the world. But hopefully in these cases in the future happy ending stories will be true ones rather than fictional ones. Nevertheless it is usually good that conquers evil and that more positives should be taken from stories rather than negatives.
By using his dystopian fiction, Bradbury is able to create a fictional, but realistic world, allowing the reader to see what grim future awaits should his issue remain unresolved. Once the reader knows more about their bleak future, he or she will be more proactive in combating the issue. Conversely, Henry speaks to his audience rather than present his arguments in a textual format because he wants to personally encourage revolution and form a direct connection with the people. Only then will his audience be able to make a stand. In contemporary society, we must all examine how we feel on the inside in order to decide if we want to tackle an issue or not: When, if ever, is the right time to challenge authority?
It glamorizes war into something that could be good and happy situations but this is also not the case. The concept of character makes the idea of a true war story, supposed to a fake one, more understandable. Malcolm Gladwell defines character and how it can change. He writes, “Character is more like a bundle of habits and tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstance and context. The reason that most of us seem to have a consistent character is that most of us are really good at controlling our environment.”
And in this imperfect world war may happen for the best. My thought on war is that it should not happen unless it is necessary which it may be necessary in this imperfect world but if it does happen then it should not be completely brutal and I know that is hard to stop because wars are just brutal and there is no way to make killing a person not brutal. Voltaire shows the brutality of war very well in the novel Candide and he did a very good job of doing that in a humorous way throughout the novel. Overall I enjoyed reading it
I also agree with the opinion that suffering might never end, like the novel indicates through imagery at the very end. The author manages to combine happy moments with sad ones even though the sad ones takes the larger share. In addition, he accomplished his aim of having an audience that is glued to the book all along sine it is both engaging and informative. The author has a perception that the world is composed of more bad things than the good ones. This novel will be important to me as I explore the themes of post-apocalyptic fears and human struggles.
In some World Wars they threaten national survivals and therefore reports and photographs are released and published were they intended to create a sense of morale or to just keep the war effort going. For example, “One answer lies in the contemporary acclaim for photography as a truth-telling art”(Marwil,Jonathan). They say that because some photos of the war tells the truth as to what happen and some photos don’t and with photography you will always know the truth. Some reports and photos that are published from these photojournalists need to carry a certain amount of truth to inform the public in different places so people will know the truth instead of the lies. Some argue that reality is a like a videogame, but in this case it is not and people need to know about the war.
Therefore, the non-linear line here may in fact be more true than the “truth.” a war story should not be told neatly because it probably didnt fashion out that way. Getting the raw thoughts and emotions in that sense is giving you a more inside view to the character and his
Overall, historians and theorists have predicated the Cold War as a learning experience for future decision-making. However, one can draw similarities in current military actions, like Iraq and Afghanistan, where those can argue not much has changed in the demeanor and action of military leadership to civilian leadership. Overall, Betts provides a thoroughly researched and structured framework for the reader to analyze historical evidence from a different perspective but I found his conclusions to be inherently flawed.
The story constructed by Hewes has a deeply inspiring quality to it. However, it is my belief that although he does make efforts to disentangle the biographers and Hewes’ potential skewing of events, he does not go far enough at certain points. At times he seems to enable the old adage, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend” without due skepticism. The strength of Young’s article rests on how well he buttresses the more questionable parts of the story with well sourced and verifiable information. His use of such a wide array of evidence to substantiate his narrative when viewed holistically, make up for the shortcomings of his less reliable