Many authors have written war stories and about the effects of war on a person. Two of these writers are Tim O'Brian and Ernest Hemingway. O'Brian wrote "How to Tell a True War Story"; and Hemingway wrote a short story called "Soldier's Home". Both of these stories illustrate to the reader just what war can do to an average person and what, during war, made the person change. The stories are alike in many respects due to the fact that both authors served time in the army; O'Brian in the Vietnam War and Hemingway in WWI. However, the stories do have differences due to the slightly different themes and also the different writing techniques of the authors. The stories are alike more than different because they both involve young men going to war and having to face the atrocities war. In "Soldier's Home", Krebs lies and embellishes so much that after his return home it makes him sick to lie. This theme is backed up by O'Brian's story when he says that in order to make a war story believable to the general population, one must lie and stretch the truth. Krebs often tells his war stories with the other old veterans at the poolroom. O'Brian also likes to tell others about his experiences so they can get a better idea of what war is really like. Hemingway tells the reader in his story that people did not want to hear the stories Krebs had to tell; while O'Brian states that war stories are about people who never listen. One recurring idea in both stories is the fact that soldiers want to do what they like and nothing else. This is portrayed in "Soldier's Home" through Krebs who does nothing but pleasurable things throughout his entire day with no regard to getting a job or making money. In "How to Tell a True War Story", O'Brian states that while lying in a fox hole in a battle zone, a soldier will "ache for a perfect world, the way things could be" (pg.481). When Krebs returns home he is very blunt and truthful about answers he gives with no regard to how
Negative Effects of War
In “How to Tell a True War Story,” Tim O’Brien presents many themes within his story. One major theme is the negative effects of war on a soldier. Many situations arise in the story that bring out the theme to make it easy to understand for the reader. The effects of war can be very harmful to a soldier’s life, and he or she can be scarred forever.
When Bob Kiley’s friend, Curt Lemon, dies at the beginning of the story, Kiley takes the time to write Lemon’s sister. He….
War can be defined as "an active struggle between competing entities. It's truly hard to tell who is right or wrong during a war. Both sides are fighting for what they believe in and what is true to their heart. In the end there is always two things promised destruction and death. These two objects can explain the result in every facet of war from the physical to emotional.
In "How to Tell a True War Story" O'Brien explores the relationship between the events during a war and the art of telling….
1 April 2012
“How to Tell a True War Story”
O’Briens “How to Tell a True War Story”, is a compilation of war stories and some experiences that men have had while away from home, at war during a battle. The theme of O’Briens short story is to always look at the positive side of all things that may happen in one’s life. There is a positive side in every single action that takes place in people’s lives. O’Brien tries to explain a war story as best as he can but, most believe….
How to Tell a True War Story"
O'Brien was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War. He is telling several stories in different points of views, of things that happened to him and his buddies while at war and on how you or someone else might believe or not believe a true war story. He tells about how his friend dies in three different views. How his friend dies and it looks beautiful, somewhat how is happened and then the true war story. He also tells little stories within the whole Story….
The story by Tim O’Brien shows how the soldiers are themselves and can also be serious. O’Brien also sees how Vietnam changes the soldiers and how they see the world now. There will be people that will ask if it’s true or not true they can asks what happened. There can be different ways to tell a story but they can ask what happen. O’Brien would know which story he really believes. O’Brien will give use by looking at Rat’s point of view, and Sanders point of view of Lemon death and how Rat copes….
In the essay, “How to Tell a True War Story,” Tim O’Brien tells several stories of war to illustrate to his readers the criteria for truth in storytelling. O’Brien offers his readers a guide to telling and determining war stories that are true, for the author, true does not necessarily mean actual or real. Instead, O’Brien tells us what a true war story is, but his requirements are not always clear precise—a true war story “never seems to end,” (O’Brien 273) “embarrasses you,” (270) “are contradictory….
Intro to Literature
Short Story Analysis Paper
October 5, 2009
“How to Tell a True War Story”
I found “How to Tell a True War Story” the most interesting short story we have read so far. Why? Because the story is true and so very real. The story paints such a vivid picture of war and what effects it has on the many men involved. The people are real people, the events are real events, and the story is a real story. It really drives home the point because war is such a big part of life today….
two literary stories I have decided to examine in support of that is “How to Tell a True War Story” (if you have not noticed, this is my absolute favorite story we have read but also goes along well with this topic) of the dramatic genre and the genre of poetry in the form of “I Too” by that of the legendary Langston Hughes. These two stories treat the subject of love in different way for the most part but we will get to the similarities when we get there.
“How to Tell a True War Story” is a love….
October 7th, 2013
“How to Tell a True War Story”
In the short story, “How to Tell a True War Story,” the implicit problem that is created about the story by its first line, “this is true,” is that the readers may think the line is sarcasm and not believe the information being said. The readers will question if the story is true or not. Throughout the story the narrator says how many war stories are not true so I do not know what to believe. The author, Tim O’Brien….
How to Tell a True War Story
We have all heard the stories that our parents tell in order to prove a point. One example is the “I walked 10 miles over snowy hills to get to school” or one of my favorites, “If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?” These stories or statements try to convey a truth. The only problem is that while a parent sees it one way, his or her child does not. Even if the parent had walked to school 10 miles over hills every day in snow….