Tim O Brien's Metafictive Style

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he Things They Carried In Tim O'Brien's novel The Things They Carried, he uses a metafictive style to preserve war stories. O'Brien keeps readers questioning what part of the Vietnam stories are true and how much of it is fictionalized. He points out that the fictionalization does not matter and that the stories are examples of the revolting things that go on in war. In the war in order to keep the dead alive O'Brien says they continued to tell their stories. However, the stories are exaggerated and the truth lies with the dead. "They're all dead. But in a story, which is a kind of dreaming, the dead sometimes smile and sit up and return to the world." The stories were ultimately how the soldiers kept close with the dead.With
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