Both stories not only use specific genre techniques but embrace them to give a clear message to the reader. A book’s genre should never dictate how well a message can come across to the reader. Specific topics like the Dust Bowl can be portrayed accurately in both non-fiction and fiction novels, but it is the author who decides how that topic is
O’Brien was not the only teenage boy to fight in this war, ?? says that “the average age of U.S. service members in Vietnam was 19, seven years younger than in WWII, making soldiers even more susceptible to psychological strain” (the big reader). The Author took his own experiences and perceptions and applied them to the lives of his characters, which allows readers to also become a part of his stories by incorporating those experiences that everyone can relate
The interlude of Thomas C. Foster’s How to Read Literature Like a Professor captures theories that I find myself identifying with at large - that there is only one story. When Foster writes this, he speaks of literature and the idea that originality is impossible because we are all retelling the same human experience. While I would agree, I would even go as far to say that it is because experiencing something that no one else has is so rare. It’s so unlikely that the experiences that our lives consist of are truly our own and that is displayed in the lack of originality in storytelling. Foster goes on to explain how archetypes are hidden throughout literature and it can also be seen in the clichés found throughout life.
A Journey Traveled Through Pain Imagine being involved in a bloody massacre and watching your community dissipate into the dusk. Picture dodging the piercing bullets as they whisk past innocent ears. Envision your home turning into a battle ground, breaking up into military bases—flipping the world upside down. (nice capture tactic) This was peoples’ lives for many years, beginning in the 1960’s, during the Civil War in Sierra Leone.
Some people argue that the book, “Forgotten Fire” by Adam Bagdasarian is a book of historical fiction. It is also a novel. A novel is a fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism. So to some extent there are some fictional parts to the book. But that does not take away from the fact that these actions took place, and that REAL people like Vahan and his family.
The Dentist "He kept replaying his own exploits, tacking on little flourishes that never happened" (82). Now, the question, "Which is more important—story-truth or happening-truth?" is asked. This above quote from Tim O 'Brein gently represents how a little thing called story-truth happens. The greatest difference between story and happening-truth is the simple fact that happening-truth reveals actual events that have occurred, whereas story-truth, which Tim O 'Brien, the author of The Things They Carried, heavily emphasizes, is subjectively reflecting a person 's thoughts and feelings when recounting a tale, and putting theme above all else. The importance of the two is where everything lies, where the author of the novel pushes for story
241-242)”. The author continues to contradict himself through this story and reflects on the “why” a war story should not be believed. As Tim O’Brien talks about having had the same experience 20 years ago where he begins to describe On the other hand when Wilfred Owen writes about being in the war there is no doubting that this man actually went through the things he writes down on paper. The description gives a vivid picture of the type of war he was
For an object to be a symbol in literature is for it to be of importance to the novel. They can describe a character, an event, or something that may happen later in the story. A symbol can be interpreted endless different ways, therefore there’s no right or wrong answer, it simply needs enough evidence. Holden Caulfield struggles with his emotions throughout The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger, and his hat is a symbol displaying Holden’s character through the significance of color and the way Holden wears it depending on his emotions. Sometimes a character in a movie or book will “see red”.
However, Tim O’Brien instead uses fiction to get to the truth, and creates in a paradoxical fashion a more truthful telling, shaping the story to fit his own view. For example, Tim O’Brien dedicates the book “to the men of Alpha Company, and in particular to Jimmy Cross, Norman Bowker, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Henry Dobbins, and Kiowa” (1). By dedicating the book to entirely fictional characters, the author creates a mirage of truth that is wrapped around the novel, which allows for the reader to treat the novel as a nonfictional account, yet still be able to get to the truth and deliver a moral at the end. Likewise, Oliver Stone’s film also uses war stories for didactic purposes. In one instance, Chris Taylor refers to Vietnam as Hell, because as “somebody once wrote, ‘Hell is the impossibility of reason’”
In the end, when Amir visited the pomegranate tree, he finds it nearly dead to show their friendship has almost fallen apart completely. However, the tree was not dead yet because there was still a chance for Amir to redeem himself. A third symbol could be the monster in the lake from Hassan’s dream. The monster could represent the guilt Amir faced after doing nothing about Hassan’s rape. Amir and Hassan were the first two people to enter that lake, so the guilt monster dragged them down and
Before Ted dies Jimmy Cross gets a trade good which was his good luck charm from Martha a pebble. Sometimes he carry the pebble in his mouth and has very hard trouble thinking about the war because he was so in love with Martha. Jimmy
Instead of disguising his service as an action movie, he discusses his battle against the elements, oneself, and politics. Although some specifics have been changed, the do not change the grand scheme of the novel. For example, in the two chapters “The Man I Killed” and “Ambush,” O’Brien admits that he condensed various ambushes into one event. Although the book does not hash out every single detail of O’Brien’s service, O’Brien still writes about the “simplicity of the true,” confronting the reality of every war:
This statement is inaccurate as when we are raised in a world where everyone thinks the same and are hardly ever influenced by outside sources, choices we are forced into making can lead to a distorted idea of who we know ourselves to be. When we are forced into making choices that lead to us having this distorted identity we try to fight the identity we have created. This can be shown through both texts Jasper Jones and Pleasantville, as illustrated by Ruth Bucktin and the people who live in the town of Pleasantville. In the novel Jasper Jones we can see that choices we were once forced to make can lead to a distorted idea of who we know ourselves to be.
IS THE POSSIBILITY OF POST-ANTIBIOTICS REAL? Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future is an essay written by Maryn McKenna to emphasize focus on our lack of appreciation for what antibiotics have done for us and will continue to do for us, but only if we let them. She presents a very insightful and eye opening argument. She relies heavily on a very personal story as well as many facts and research to create such a convincing argument. McKenna begins her essay with recalling a time in which she found out about the death of her great-uncle due to a very infection.