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Haresh Soorma Literature 10 G Karen Chase 12 March 2004 Style and Storytelling in The Things they Carried Thesis Tim OBrien has created a unique novel in The Things They Carried by using styles such as changing points of view blurring the boundaries between truth and fiction and use of repetition for effect I Changing points of view A Metaficition B Creation of two characters C Narrator D Fictionalized Character II Truth and Fiction A Comparison and Contrast of real and fictional aspects B Authenticitys of storys C Constant Changing III Repetition for effect A Minute Details B Foreshadowing of core narratives C Gut Instinct Haresh Soorma Mrs Karen Chase Literature Composition 10G 31 March 2004 Style and Storytelling in The Things they Carried Tim OBrien crafts an unique novel in The Things They Carried from an experience that is not particularly different from others who served in Vietnam Style is how an author tells a story and OBrien demonstrates his style throughout the novel One of OBrien many styles is his presentation of certain chapters as the author himself and he presents others as his fiction characterization also named Tim OBrien as well as changing points of view he frequently challenges the reader to believe or disbelieve aspects of his stories by blurring the boundaries between truth and fiction Colella 23 Not only does he challenge the reader to believe his stories his frequent use of repetition for effect creates a greater emotional understanding with the reader In The Things They Carried Tim OBrien has used his own experiences in Vietnam in conjunction with his imagination to weave together a series of short stories into a novel These decisive and ingenious styles are key features of the novel One of OBriens styles is to present a certain chapter or chapters as the author Tim OBrien and to present others as his fictional characterization also named Tim
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