Tim O Brien Quotes And Analysis

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“It’s never about war, it’s about sunlight.” This quote is one of the many reasons Tim O’Brien gives on how to tell a true war story. In The Things They Carried four of Tim O’Brien’s own rules demonstrate why his chapter “On a Rainy River” is true. The rules that a true war story has no moral, a true war story doesn’t generalize, a true war story is not just about war, and a true war story is embarrassing prove his chapter true. One of the four reasons, a true war story has no moral, is demonstrated to verify this chapter factual. O’Brien is torn between whether or not he should go off to war. He says, “Embarrassment, that’s all it was. And right then I submitted.” Although he decides to submit there is no lesson learned and it was purely

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