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O Brien Quotes And Analysis

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In The Things They Carried O’Brien shows us that telling stories are essential for life because they help us remember and relive those moments that we cherish the most, or imagine a moment and make it into a moment that we desire. O’Brien shows how stories are essential for life throughout the story. One example is In The Lives of the Dead O’Brien talks about a moment of his childhood. He talks about a date that he went on with Linda. In this chapter O’Brien says, “The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others dream with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness”(218). What this quote means is that when you tell a story you picture it…show more content…
For instance, if a loved one passed away and you were to tell a story about them like O'Brien did about Linda you would remember them and there would be an illusion that that person is alive again just like you would desire. Having an illusion where what you desire comes true can only happen in a story and that’s why they are essential for life. O’Brien shows another example of why stories are essential in the same chapter. In The Lives of the Dead O’Brien not only talks about Linda but he also talks the people that passed away from the war in Vietnam like Ted Lavender, Kiowa, and Curt Lemon. Another thing O’Brien says in this chapter is that he says, “But this too is true:stories can save us.I’m forty three years old, and a writer now, and even still right here, I keep dreaming Linda alive. And Ted Lavender, too, and Kiowa, and Curt Lemon,They’re all dead. But in a story, which is a kind of dreaming, the dead sometimes smile and sit up and return to the world”(213).This quote means that O’Brien got through hard times because he was saved from
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