Things They Carried By Tim O Brien: An Analysis

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Stories one way or another always have a little bit of fiction, whether it be a color of shoes or a time of day, stories don’t always hold all of the truth. In the novel, The Things They Carried, O’Brien explains his life and experience in the Vietnam War. Being the narrator in the novel, he depicts the relationship between fiction and reality itself. Calloway’s definition of metafiction fits Tim O’Brien’s novel because O’Brien himself is the main character. He is a veteran describing his experiences during the Vietnam War, but he’s also a writer who is explaining the truth behind writing stories.
O’Brien tells many stories about death, friends, and times during the war. These stories are all fiction because in the novel O’Brien is his own main character making the novel a fiction due to the changes in the stories and people. O’Brien consistently reminds his readers that the stories in his book are fiction, but explaining that stories …show more content…

When he got his call to become a solider everything changed for him, he didn’t know whether to go to war or to run away, but in the end he decided that he would go. The protagonist submitted “…to Vietnam, where [he] was a soldier, and then home again. [he] survived, but it’s not a happy ending. [he] was a coward. [he] went to the war” (O’Brien, 58). Narrator O’Brien explains to his readers that he was a coward because he gave up on his principles and submitted to the war. Author Tim O’Brien’s autobiography explains his experience in Vietnam and what he felt about the war, and he reveals that he himself was against the war but in the end he “was a coward [he] went to Vietnam” (The Vietnam in Me). The similarities between author O’Brien and character O’Brien show that this fiction but holds some sort of reality to it, although they’re made up

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