Expos Paper 1 Simmons

Expos Paper 1 Simmons - Simmons-1 Robert E Simmons Jr...

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Simmons-1 Robert E. Simmons, Jr. Expository Writing Assignment #1 January 29, 2007 Truth, the “Real” Way: My Way Perception is reality and reality is the truth. One’s perception is based on his or her’s sight, sound, and cognition. Such a statement can be deemed objective, being that truth is formulated by what one sees, hears, and thinks. In Tim O’Brien’s narrative “How to Tell a True War Story”, the main character designs a “memoir-type” story that focuses on human perception of what the truth is. While it seems that the meaning of the story is found in the events of the story, O’Brien has used the language of the story and the events of the story as a way to make a bigger statement. Thus, this writing speaks more to the element of war than to the events laid out in this story about war. The meaning, or purpose, of this story is to question the truths behind the truth of war itself. Discovering the meaning of a text, especially the one in question, requires one to be sensitive to perception. This search for a deeper understanding demands an ability to be open-eared, open-eyed, and open-minded. Moreover, revealing the true meaning of a text calls for an understanding of the structure, or form, of the text. Conclusively , perception and form are relative in that the form (or structural meaning) and the perception of a story aids in the creating of one’s position . In other words, based on one’s own visual, auditory, and cognition of something , one can formulate one’s own position of a situation or idea. In order to understand that this story is about finding the “truth within the truth”, one needs to take time to analyze the true meaning of the words in the text. The struggle in reading a story for understanding the deeper meaning of the story, it is imperative that one understands the difference between the truth and the final truth. “[I]f I could ever get the story right…if I could somehow re-create…the obvious cause and effect, then you would believe” it as “the final truth.”
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Simmons-2 The idea is that there is a difference, amongst the similarities, between the truth and the final truth. The simpler terms in describing the both would be the actual truth and the fabricated truth. Either the truth or the final truth can be perceived as the actual truth. What would be required would be the main party of the statement, issue, or situation. For example, ten people can observe a man getting hit by a car. Seven may claim that the man ran into the street and the other three could claim that the driver hit the man. On either balance, one would need both the man and the driver to validate for either side. Another example, which involves religion and political views, would be the issue of homosexuality. Many argue that homosexuality is an abomination and ethically wrong. These “anti-gay” fighters argue that God hates gay men and
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