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  • Theme Of Story Truth
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    It was necessary and crucial to for The Things They Carried to be written anachronistically and in short story form to convey the messages and themes of the novel. Tim O Brien would not have succeeded in communicating his points to the reader if the novel was written as one long chronological story. There are three main themes that emerge from The Things They Carried; story truth vs. happening truth, the fact that one can make deceased people come alive through stories, and that the war corrupte...
  • Mr O Brien
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    Why Tim O Brien Lies All of us are guilty of lying at one time or another. Whether it was a little white lie like whether the tooth fairy is real or not, or if it was something significant, such as if you committed a serious crime, we have all done it. Lying is definitely a part of society, and no one really likes it or appreciates it. Especially when it concerns matters of the heart. In the book The Things They Carried, author Tim O Brien lies frequently. There are times he will tell a sad, hea...
  • Winston Loathes Big Brother
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    In 1984, George Orwell writes of a totalitarian society that has manipulated its followers while rewriting the past. Orwell writes of technology that abolishes privacy and is the cause of perpetual fear. This technology is referred to as tele screens. The party of Big Brother controls this technology and controls the minds of its party members by a major concept called doublethink. This form of twisted logic is used to manipulate the society and confuse those who are not so easily oppressed. The...
  • Contradictory To The Party's Definition Of Salvation
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    1984 – Sanity And Salvation Essay, Research 1984 – Sanity And Salvation In 1984, George Orwell's Party's definition of sanity and salvation is a paradox to the real definition of sanity and salvation. The author used the protagonist, Winston Smith, to portray the? insane? but real definition of sanity. During the interrogation process, O? Brien, a member of the Inner Party and supposed Brotherhood, is trying to prove to Winston that he persuades himself that he remembers events that ...
  • Psychological And Emotional Effects Of The War
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    ABDUCTED BY VIETNAM It has been estimated that over 2 million people died in the Vietnam War, and an additional 3.6 million were wounded. These staggering numbers give some example of the terrible bloodshed each individual soldier either witnessed or participated in on a daily basis. The Things They Carried, a captivating collection of Vietnam War stories written by Tim O Brien, gives readers a closer, more personalized look at what happened in Vietnam through the eyes of the participants. O Bri...
  • Tim O Brien
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    Ambiguity in In the Lake of the Woods We all perform vanishing tricks, effacing history, locking up our lives and slipping day by day into the shadows (301). Reality is relative to the observer; beings so, history is what one makes it. The main character in In the Lake of the Woods is a man named John Wade; the reader knows he is a lawyer, a politician and a Vietnam War vet. He and his wife, Kathy, are vacationing in a cabin by a lake to get over a terrible loss in an election after some informa...

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