Tim O'Brien Writing Styles in The Nuclear Age

Tim O'Brien
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Point of View

This novel is told using a first-person narrator, who is the main character, William. William is an unusual narrator because he struggles throughout his life with mental health, anxiety, and other general psychological issues. Accordingly, there are moments when he is an unreliable narrator. There also appear to be moments when he is a completely reliable narrator. There are also many moments that fall into different shades of truthfulness. For example, when William describes his psyche during his early years of college (a time when he is still invested in being a social outcast), he appears to be inviting the reader to imply that he was not doing mentally well, even though he explicitly states that he was, in fact, doing just fine. William narrates: “I made it through my freshman year. I put up No Trespassing signs outside my door. I papered my walls...

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