The Things They Carried Essay | Truth and Troop Hardships in a Chapter of "The Things They Carried"

Tim O'Brien
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Truth and Troop Hardships in a Chapter of "The Things They Carried"

Summary: The search for truth and the desensitization of U.S. troops during the Vietnam War are the themes of the "How to Tell a True War Story" chapter of Tim O'Brien's novel "The Things They Carried."
Throughout Tim O'Brien's short work "How to tell a true war story" O'Brien has two reoccurring themes. One is of the desensitization of the troops during their hardship regarding the events of the Vietnam War, and the other is of the concept of truth. Truth may seem simple enough to explain, but is in fact endowed with many layers. The story is chalked full of contradictions, as well as lies, and embellishments, and yet O'Brien claims that these are the truth. The truth, whether it be war or society's, is in fact a concept that can be conveyed many times and in many ways. Whereas each is independently untrue, the combined collaboration of these half-truths is in essence the only real truth.

People in such intense situations, such as war, often have to emotionally shut themselves down in...

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