Tim O’Brien never lies. While we realise at the end of the book that Kiowa, Mitchell Sanders and Rat Kiley are all fictional characters, O’Brien is actually trying to tell us that there is a lot more truth hidden in these imagined characters than we think. This suggests that the experiences he went through were so traumatic, the only way to describe it was through the projection of fictional characters. O’Brien explores the relationship between war experiences and storytelling by blurring the lines between truth and fiction. While storytelling can change and shape a reader’s opinions and perspective, it might also be the closest in helping O’Brien cope with the complexity of war experiences, where the concepts like moral and immorality are being distorted.
How can someone who does not seem to understand the political and social landscapes of Vietnam possibly be able to form an intelligent perspective on life in Vietnam? Pyle’s view on the issues that plague the Vietnamese is deficient because he has not spent enough time learning about their issues firsthand. Fowler, on the other hand has a strong understanding of the Vietnamese people 's feelings. While Pyle and Fowler argue back and forth Fowler has a moment of clarity when realizing the simplicity of the Vietnamese political landscape and desires saying that, “They want enough rice… They don’t want our white skins around telling them what they
Introduction The Things They Carried is a text where writer Tim O’Brien the stories he encountered throughout his time in the Vietnam War. These stories, traumatic as well as warm and humorous, are ones that the author will never erase from his memory. It seems that O’Brien is retelling these stories to enlighten those who have never had experience on the battlefield in order to reach a certain level of understanding and to discover repercussions that it brings onto the human condition, both physically and mentally. Evidently, he wants to convey emotion within the reader. The stories also recall the life lessons that O’Brien learned about friendship, forgiveness, respect and reputation as well as foreignness and the other.
Either war movie reconstructs the reality of the past and the real way people treated each other or it presents fictional reality. Today’s viewer very often confuses fiction with reality. In addition, moviemakers often combine historical reconstruction with their own fictional elements. If some war movies had been made in the times in which their storylines are located, the viewers would probably have not considered those movies racists. Nevertheless, today's viewer live in different, modern reality and is aware of any signs of bias.
Although in the various texts studied, these ideas may not be stated explicitly, one can consider the implications. In the novel The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald, the protagonist is Jay Gatsby. However, the sentiments of the quotation are not only pertinent to him, but also the narrator of the story, Nick Carraway. To begin with, Nick Carraway is able to describe himself how he wishes, as the novel is given from his perspective. How he sees the other characters in the novel also influences the reader’s opinions of them, as the reader receives only information about them from Nick.
Stephen Vasciannie’s article ‘Dutty Wine’ is a controversy which is still debatable. The title of the article gives way to what the writer will talk about. There is ambivalence in his arguments, as it isn’t clear whether he is opposing or in agreement with the statement. His thoughts and opinion on the matter is well organized and argued, however he lacked sufficient evidence to sway the readers to take his side. The use of the anecdote is a good approach in beginning his argument.
Some of the recurring themes in works of postmodern literature turned out to be paranoia, minimalism, metafiction and twists on heroism. Heroism came to be a debatable topic in analysis of postmodern literature because of the arguable diversity between the novels. However, it’s sole purpose was not just to entertain, but like most art, for the author to express themselves in a way they haven’t been able to. As a result, Catch-22 presents Yossarian as an anti-hero used by its author, Joseph Heller, to introduce his opinion on war, war heroes and the current social status of the United States. The altered perception of heroism, believed to be present in only some works of postmodern literature, is used to convey the author’s state of mind to the reader in an
Ever since the first war occurred in the world, written records by soldiers or people involved have been circulated and read. In the letters or stories, they include harsh conditions, homesickness, or desperation. Tim O’Brien uses limited third person in The Things They Carried while Stephen Crane uses dialogue in The Open Boat to both create an effect of desperation during war for soldiers. In The Things They Carried, limited third person is used to get the readers in the mind of a general while The Open Boat uses dialogue to reveal soldiers’ feelings while isolated. O’Brien takes readers in the mind of First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross by describing his feelings.
His story, to the interviewer, was a blend of the internal and external battle endured. It was a way for him to reveal the truth in what he was feeling without actually telling the truth. This just solidifies the power of O’Brien’s imagination, and how deep he is able to go into his mind; making a reader believe a story that never actually happened in reality, but did in one man’s
In contrast to many views, Mamedov thinks that Aylisli has not betrayed his country, and he just touched on a taboo. By examining other writings concerning the same topic, the author expresses how influential the literature is in solving conflicts. Mamedov provides convincing arguments about the major cause of “Stone Dreams” scandal and the influence of such literary works on conflicts. However, some points that he claims are biased and not strong enough to justify his argument that “Stone Dreams” was not a biased novel. This essay looks into Mamedov’s claims and examines the strength of his supporting evidences.