Things They Carried Compare Contrast Essay

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O'Brien's war stories, "The Things They Carried" and "How to Tell a True War Story" were similar in concerning the mental turmoil that Servicemen undergo while experiencing a life fighting in a war. My hands-on experiences are limited in physical contact; however; both stories are told by the narrator(s) about a letter that is being wrote to two special people of interest. In reference to Lieutenant Cross's letter from "a girl name Martha" (O'Brien p. 78), his misconception of “wishful thinking" about a virgin name Martha, he knew was mentally a myth, "the Love was only a way of signing and did not mean that he sometimes pretended" (78). However; O’Brien’s "How to Tell a True War Story," the 2nd person narrator describes his encounter about his Vietnam collogue during the time of his murder. This character uses the writing technique to "the guy's sister" (O'Brien p. 361) proves to the readers that he grieves and distraction of this incident consistently overtakes his daily focus. It appears that writing letters in the Military is an act Servicemen use during t…show more content…
The characters in “The Things They Carried” and "How to Tell a True War Story" appear to hold on to or carry sources of necessities that fit would that specific assignment (p. 84) or memorial pieces that help boost their motivation emotionally. In the “active line of duty” you (as a Servicemen) would create the mind-frame of do or "men who might die” (p.89) [not knowing if their life would be spared in the process. ] "How to Tell a True War Story" was an insert that the narrator provided the readers with flashback and reflection able memories about information on the life and experiences in the Vietnam War. The Narrator provides us with the caption of Curt Lemon's death (O’Brien p. 362), following a hallucination of hearing, "strange gook music" (p. 364) while in the

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