True Tales From The Battlefield Analysis

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True Tales from the Battlefield I’ve found the story How to Tell a True War Story to be a tremendous story with moments of gore, but nonetheless an attractive piece of work. I believe that this story is a representation of his entire story. It’s almost as though O’Brien is being completely honest in this story, and he’s divulging all of the lies and secrets that we will soon read, or have already read. One main idea that I believe O’Brien is trying to get across, throughout the entire story, is the fact that “of course, a true war story is never about war” (296). One line that continues to resonate in my mind is when O’Brien is telling the story of Rat shooting the buffalo, and the letter he writes to Curt’s sister. O’Brien says “I’ll picture Rat Kiley’s face, his grief, and I’ll think, you dumb cooze. Because she wasn’t listening. It wasn’t a war story. It was a love story” (296). In my mind, this is Tim O’Brien’s point, almost his thesis. I loved this line because O’Brien comes across very frank. He explains that this was not another story…show more content…
“In a true war story there is not even a point, or else the point hit’s you twenty years later, in your sleep” (295). I found this line to be so powerful, simply because this is what O’Brien’s entire story is all about. In my mind, How to Tell a True War Story, is all about the deeper meanings of stories. Unfortunately, if you read this story, and analyze it completely on the surface, it really should not have any effect on you. However, the deeper meanings that a true war story possesses are so powerful, they can truly touch a person. Just like O’Brien states in his story, “this one wakes me up” (295). This story really came alive to me because it helped me understand what a true war story was truly about. Like I said earlier, his stories are never about war, and this part of the story helped me realize
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