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How to Tell a True War Story

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Transcript of How to Tell a True War Story

How to Tell a True War Story
By Tim O'Brien

Vietnam
Literary Device #2
Personification/ Metaphor: In this war story, the forest was personified as being alive like a human. The rocks, the animals were talking in the forest while [they] were walking through the forest.
The Way out
Even the truth may have lies within.
Many people seek truth in lies
Biography
Tim O'Brien was born on October 1, 1946 - Present. Surprisingly this date was also used for many of the characters in his novels. O'Brien was against war yet was sent to Vietnam receiving the notice on June 17, 1968. (A month after graduating from Macalaster College) Shortly after Vietnam, O'Brien became a graduate student at Harvard University. Since then, he has become a visiting professor at Southwest Texas State University teaching creative writing.
Literary Device #1
Imagery: The way that Tim O'Brien describes the occurrences of the situation makes the reader become one with the story and make it seem as if we were there in combat.
"I remember the white bone of an arm. I remember pieces of skin and something wet and yellow that must've been the intestines".
"War is Hell,but that's the half of it, because war is also a mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun..."
Are You Good at Spotting liars?
Style
The author often brings up the fact that the story is a story in fact.
The use of slang words in the story make up different tones.
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Works Cited
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