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Stories that never happened may contain more truth than real events In The Things They Carried Tim O Brien introduces stories about constant stream of memories discontinuous events observations insights and an attempt to realism These stories take place during the Vietnam War it is a collection of war stories that he remembers while O Brien was in the war This fiction novel came to life with the detailed and emotional stories by O Brien These stories are told by different soldiers conveying the idea that a true war story has very little to do with what actually happened but an underlying argument that everything has to do with the meaning When he tells a story he does not feel limited by chronology objectivity or even truth therefore the reader is often left wondering what makes a true was story People are right to be skeptical of war stories because thres more to a story that is beyond telling For example O Brien recalls that a true war story cannot be believedOften the crazy stuff is true and the normal stuff isnt because the normal stuff is necessary to make you believe the truly incredible craziness 71 That is what people expect of war stories In addition the whole experience seemed so surreal that it is difficult to sort out really happened from what seemed to happen Just as we can not understand good without bad we need a noremal routine to know a crazy moment In addition the whole experience seemed so surreal that it is difficult to sort out really happened from whatseemed to happen While the platoon was crossing a muddy river and humping through the mountains Curt Lemon and Rat Kiley were playing catch with smoke grenades but it and Lemon was sucked into a tree full of moss and vines and white blossoms 71 These soldiers are just a bunch of kids because
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