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The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than the exposed ones Cheryl Hughes For a soldier at war the difference between the truth and lies can become blurred Tim OBrien uses Metafiction within his novel to show the mental strain placed on a soldier Metafiction is the idea that one truth can be truer than another and one lie can be more of a lie than another The stories within the novel can be taken apart and analyzed for the literary components and then put together within the context of the authors creation In Tim OBriens novel The Things They Carried metafiction is used to support the mental deterioration of a soldier at warWithin The Things They Carried the author uses metafiction to create the underlying question of whether or not each story is actually true The narrator makes a point to say Absolute occurrence is irrelevant A thing may happen and be a total lie another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth OBrien 80 When he points out this fact he is explain that within war a soldier can lose the sense of the definite The narrator also points out early in the chapter that its safe to say that in a true war story nothing is ever absolutely true OBrien 78 These ideas are presented early on within the novel to cause the reader to question the mental state of each individual Once this feeling is established within the reader The reader is lead to question the reality of many if not all of the stories in the book Calloway 3 The uncertainty of each story causes the characters to emphasize the so-called truth of the story they are trying to tellThe story Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong exemplifies both the metafictious storytelling and the mental deterioration of a soldier The main focus of this story is on
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