Paper 2 Final - Hipen Shah Ezra Neilsen October 11, 2010...

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Hipen Shah Ezra Neilsen October 11, 2010 Paper 2 Final Draft A Sense of Reality The representation of a war story is not necessarily always true . You cannot believe everything someone says about war because they are not there to experience war . The representation of war is not a moral thing but it is a sense of reality . To some people, war is fighting factions to protect their people and country, which has no moral . Hollywood always make movies about war but they have some sort of moral or life lesson to be learned . Those movies do not depict the sense of reality in which our soldiers are going through war . In Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell True War Story,” O’Brien tells us the fictional account of his experiences in the Vietnam War and by telling this fictional story, he creates a mythology that allows him to deal with complexities of war and to make sense of reality . In Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and Fall of New York City Crime,” Gladwell he uses case studies to break down social issues and how human beings are sensitive to their environment . Overall, Gladwell and O’Brien claim that there never has to be a moral in order to make sense of reality . Not everything you here is always true about war . Sometime certain war stories are kept away as secrets for the better good of humanity . When Lemon’s sister received the letter form
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Rat Kiley, she was not focused on the real picture that her brother had died in Vietnam . Instead, she had feelings for the “baby VC water buffalo [in which Rat Kiley] stepped back and shot it through the right front knee [and then] shot it in the hindquarters and in the little hump in the back and against the mouth” (O’Brien 446) . He had no feelings for her brother but cried for the water buffalo, so in a sense it would be best not to reveal all the secrets of war . To Gladwell, Lemon’s sisters would be considered a reducing valve . Gladwell states a psychologist Walter Michael and argues that “the human mind has a kind of “reducing valve” that “creates and
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