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Verisimilitude of the Narration in The Things They Carried.Tim OBrien artistic intention of telling a true war story is to downsize the role of the actual truth and emphasize the importance of the story

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Nikhil Lodha English A1 - SL Title: Verisimilitude of the Narration in The Things They Carried Tim O'Brien artistic intention of telling a true war story is to downsize the role of the actual truth and emphasize the importance of the story truth, which gives the 'true' gut feelings. The narrator explains that what is made up is often truer than what actually happened, because it puts a face on faceless events and people. Tim O'Brien also adds striking details to the soldiers' perception of war so that even though, according to Tim O'Brien war is terrifying and grotesque, still some happiness can be found even in simple things. To show how the soldiers coped with the atrocities of war, Tim O'Brien showed us the striking details of their imagination which makes even normal situation such as soldiers marching seem pleasurable and real and that is how he manipulates the truth and the level of detail to execute his artistic intention. Also he manipulates truth and the level of detail in such a way as to put the readers imagination at work by not mentioning the whole truth, which was the case at the end of Chapter 2, where the readers had to decide what Tim O'Brien meant by, "No I won't"[pg 30]. ...read more.

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son the move" [pg80] show how Tim O'Brien chooses to see the happiness and the bright side of things even though the setting is in a war and he states himself that "war is hell" [pg80]. The artistic intent here is to make the soldiers fantasize and only focus only on the tiny distractions [such as the cool impassive moon, brilliant red ribbons and fluid symmetries of troops] but at the same time he does not want to make it seem like a story or a dream and that is why he uses striking details here to successfully achieve verisimilitude. In Chapter 2, Love, Tim O'Brien leaves things up to the readers imagination by not telling the whole truth when jimmy cross says "Don't mention anything about -" and Tim O'Brien answers "no, I won't" [page 30]. Here the readers cannot be certain about what Tim O'Brien is referring to as he does not provide enough detail. The distinction between truth and fiction does not mean much to O'Brien; feelings behind the story give the narrative its purpose. Therefore, whether or not O'Brien betrayed Cross is irrelevant when compared to the impact of Cross's feelings of guilt how even 20 years after he carries the guilt of loving Martha more than his own men, which caused the death of ted lavender. ...read more.

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Tim O'Brien's artistic intention here is very clear, he wants to show that the actual truth of a story comes from the feeling it gives, and Tim O'Brien wants to show that the story of Tim O'Brien having killed the man is truer than the happening truth or the actual events, which is that Tim O'Brien did not kill that man. Tim O'Brien wants to show that the sometimes the story truth is truer than the happening truth and to do this he adds realistic details to the story of him having killed the man in My Khe. Therefore Tim O'Brien fulfills his artistic intention and does achieve verisimilitude. In conclusion Tim O'Brien has manipulated truth, the meaning of truth and the decree of truth told very well in order to show how soldiers are unable to cope with war and need to fantasize or get distracted from the war. Tim O'Brien also shows, successfully why sometimes, the story truth would have a greater impact on a reader rather than the happening truth as it gives a firsthand experience of the war and evokes the 'gut feeling'. Also Tim O'Brien varies and maintains a low level of detail so that the readers are constantly guessing and he brings into play the readers' imagination and causes the reader to think about the fate of Jimmy Cross and Martha. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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