This may confuse the reader, but Tim O'Brien adds his comments and instructions, repeats them between the storytelling, explaining his approach to express the exact truth of feeling. "You can tell a true war story if you just keep on telling it." His main point is to give the understanding that the true war story is not moral and courageous, heroic, that means, having an aim to teach, but about the reality that is much easier and darker. That is has negative emotions and inability of people to overcome horrible situations of war and deal effectively with their feelings about the war. These feeling are expressed in the story about Rat Kiley's letter, with which the chapter is started - with his feelings of grief about loss and final «cooze», because he was not written back and he could not cope with his loss.
He states: “If a story seems moral, do not believe it” (O’Brien 65). This is where another difficulty lies. Every patriotic citizen looking to be supportive of the war is naïve; they look for a moral to what they are doing. Some will defend with this: “We are fighting to keep our country free.” Or “It’s for the betterment of the nation.” They, within their small perspectives, found moral to the stories. The true war story has no moral; ask one’s self, “Is war truly moral?
Kennedy says “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country…” this is said backwards so the Americans start thinking about the country as a whole. He wants to get the American people to help the country instead of helping themselves. Another antimetable he uses is “as not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” He wants Americans to work together to help the country as a whole. He doesn’t want them to just rely on the government to fix things. Alliteration in J.F.K’s speech helps draw attention to his points.
Government should not be able to make personal decisions for society because it disrupts lifestyles and ultimately does not benefit people. Technological distractions lessen humanity in Fahrenheit 451 in a lot of ways. For example Mildred Montag is the wife of Guy and she is obsessed
Larkin points out a problem and offers a solution but does not defend it because it is an insolvable problem and does not have a solution. His solution would end mankind. However, in offering this completely insane solution he is saying that there is no solution to this problem and that people are just going to have to live with their faults. Swift creates an illogical plan to solve the economic problems of Ireland. He is also to use valid arguments to defend it.
“War vs. Dialog” Professor of linguistics, and author of “The Argument Culture”, Deborah Tannen is trying to get people to “think of argument not as war or a fight but as a dialogue among a variety of different positions” (Tannen 475). Tannen convinces her readers that “adversarial debates which typically represent only two sides of an issue and thus promote antagonism, creates problems in communication” (Tannen 475). In this writing, Deborah Tannen is also trying to persuade that our argument culture is a problem. Even though there’s at time to fight and defend your point, The Argument Culture of Americans today is bad, waste of time, negative for the community and can worsen the relationship of the two arguing. To support her focus, Deborah goes about it and gives realistic, everyday life examples.
With a fight to win mentality, it makes us deny information that upholds the other side's views and say what will benefit our views. Tannen uses various evidence to support the main idea. She says that this type of culture causes people to distort the truth and causes us to waste time” fighting with each other rather than fighting for a cause.”(Tannen) “Balance, Debate, Listening to both sides. Who could question these noble American traditions? Yet today, these principles have been distorted.
Veterans needed to write in order to give themselves closure of some sort. The veterans expressed how they felt and what happened in the war through the literature. They needed that outlet but the American public was not quite ready for it. Tim O’Brien states, “She’ll explain that as a rule she hates war stories, she can’t understand why people want to wallow in all the blood and gore.” Most literature written was uncensored, the Vietnam veterans didn’t hold back with what actually went on. But the American public wasn’t ready for that type of exposure.