Story Truth Vs. Happening Truth Using Tim Obrien's Work

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The Effect of "Story Truth" vs. "Happening Truth"

Literature is such a beautiful thing because it does not give us an answer to it's questions. There are so many iffy spots that leave us to develop our own thoughts and feelings toward the piece of work. This is an interesting factor because at many times it affects us in a different way and can develop us as an individual. When reading a piece of literature, one person can interpret it in different ways than another person reading the same piece of work. I remember analyzing poems with my English class in the previous years and when we were asked to interpret it, we all had different answers. Sometimes what I got out of the poem didn’t even go close to the direction that my classmate was going in. However, when I saw it from her view I saw more of where they were coming from I learned more about them.
I read, "The Things They Carried," in last year's English class. I think that this is the only book that my class as a whole read, which means a lot coming from a class where spark notes was their way out. The way Tim O'Brien wrote compelled us to read more and more. I remember specifically having a discussion of the fact vs. fiction in the book. Although parts of the book may have not been true, we were still affected by reading it. We got to share some of their feeling, thoughts, and life and although we did not know exactly how it felt in the Vietnam war. The way O'Brien wrote was as if it was happening right in front of us. He did not tell us which parts were strayed or not, because he himself did not know. He gave us the freedom to let our minds wander and think to ourselves what we thought to be true. He proposed questions through...

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