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.
Enough to make it know that he, Guy Montag had a book within his possession beneath his own pillow; although he didn’t blatantly state aloud, he did in fact ask Beatty this question, “ Well, then, what if a fireman accidentally, really not intending anything, takes a book home with him? ” (62) Montag. My only question would be, why allow yourself to be found out? It’s simply outrageous if you ask me. Everyone has a breaking point; Montags just so happened to be witnessing a woman commit suicide while he was on the job.
In “The Way We Lie” Stephanie Ericsson depicts the different ways that humans lie and the justification behind each. The first lie that she discusses is the white lie; it is harmlessly telling an untruth so that no harm is done by telling the truth. Ericsson then proceeds to explain a facade which is a deception that is caused by false actions. Next, deflecting and ignoring the facts are similar because both involve not addressing important facts in an answer. Omissions are purposely leaving pieces of information out of an answer or not answering at all.
Some died a quick death while others died a slow, painful death, showing the reality of war. Paul and his friends have realized that the ideals of patriotism are hollow. They no longer believe that war is honorable. The reality of war becomes evident to Paul when he kills the French soldier, Gerard Duval, in his first face-to-face combat. He is distraught to kill a man that he finds out has a wife and child.
Each chapter usually has a moral, idea, or opinion behind it, while still managing to maintain its role as a piece of the larger picture. The main perspective that delivers the idea of the chapter is told either by a character in the book that plays a major role or by the narrator. O’Brien states several times that his novel contains a blend of fiction and reality. He mentions that sometimes even he does not know what is true or not, referring to this as “metafiction”. O’Brien believes that the reader is only capable of understanding war to a certain extent and that no one can understand war fully, not even the people that were or are still there.
Knowingly he didn’t escape. One explainable reason Peyton Farquhar should have been hung was because he tried to attempt an act of terrorism, and communism against a country. Another reason was that he should have been hung is that he knew what he was doing, and he did wrong, and he knew he was a disarray (unit 5, page 63) about it. You notice it because right when he dies, he thinks he escaped. He thinks he gets to see his family again, and that’s a sign of guilt, and betrayal to his loved ones, and for the people that have been there for him.
As a society I don’t think that some people don’t intend to lie to hurt someone intentionally all the time but they lie to make them feel better some times. Is this always the case, I don’t think so, I just think that as a whole society has almost condoned lying in some aspect, little white lies. As it was quoted in the book by Nietzche “There is only one world, and that is false, cruel, contradictory, misleading, senseless. We need lies to vanquish this reality, this “truth”, we need lies in order to live. That lying is a necessity of life itself a
Direct lying is seldom used people use this method because they think, “the only purpose of language is to convey information that should be stated outright”(Tannen 1). Another way of lying is indirect which is used when a person does not want to tell the truth to another person because the truth might hurt their feelings, but Tannen explains that people who are direct to others will be hurt by a persons indirectness more than if they were direct to them (1). The last way of lying explained by Tannen is the use of language and the right wordage to use. Sometimes using different words help the situation at hand. Tannen concludes that the use of direct is encourages
Stephanie Ericsson says [in her essay “The Ways We Lie”]. We cannot live in this world without lying in almost every kind of situation. All we do is lie and it hurts people, but wait she also says that we just go around telling everyone the truth on everything all the time either. Sure some lies are worse than others like the bold face that people tell us even we saw them comfit the said crime. There are some lies that are not as noticeably offensive as others such as the white lie that we tell people to keep them from being hurt by the truth.