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Truth In The Things They Carried By Tim O´Brien

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In Tim O’Brien’s novel, “The Things They Carried,” imaginations can be both beneficial and corrosive. This novel consist of story truth and real truth. Throughout the novel, imagination plays a big role. Tim O’Brien wrote his book about the war mainly based on his memory of the war. He did not remember every details of the war, thus he made up some false details to the stories to make it seems more interesting. He wants the readers to be able to feel how he felt and understand how everything happened as he tells the story. He wants to provoke the emotional truth. O’Brien tries to prove that imaginations is not completely a bad thing and that it is also a good thing. O’Brien starts to create ...view middle of the document...

Then he decided to go to war because he does not want to embarrass himself. Although the story that he creates seems real, it never happen. Fleeing to Canada to avoid the war is something that O’Brien could have done, but he did not. Moreover, O’Brien was scared to look at all those dead bodies around him, yet by using his imaginations it help him and allow him to be able to see the dead bodies and be able to describe them as if he was really looking at them. He was able to do anything with imaginations.
O’Brien uses his imagination to feel more relieve and calm. O’Brien was afraid of going to war and killing someone. He was afraid of dying and the dead bodies around him. He did not want to go to war because he is not ready to die. Everything was new to him. O’Brien killed a solider later on. He did not know much about that person, yet he was able to describe him like they have known each other for many years. However, in order to help him feel more relieve after the war, he starts to write short war stories that mixes reality and his imaginations together. He was able to survive because he was able to talk about and let out all those guilt and feelings he have within himself. According to Maria S. Bonn, from CLC Part 2, “O’Brien is very conscious of his position as an intermediary between those with personal knowledge of the war…he cannot advise or teach. All he can do is tell his war stories” (169). This shows that all O’Brien does is write stories about his experience with the war when he was younger. He uses the power of storytelling and imagination to tell people about his war stories.
Furthermore, O’Brien uses imagination to make us believe things that is not real to be real or to be confused on what is actually real and what is not. As Tobey Herzog stated, “To accomplish this goal he plays with the book’s form and content to affect readers...

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