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Michael Lorberg Mr . Jehle Expository Writing 101 October 17 , 2007 “Storytelling: A Way Through Trauma” Traumatic experiences can be harrowing to the mind and body , and without any outlets, they could prove devastating to the psyche . Fortunately, storytelling plays a very important role in having the capability of coping and helping us work through traumatic experiences . Tim O’Brien’s story , entitled “How to Tell a True War Story”, narrates multiple war stories that occurred during the Vietnam War . Horrific, and largely unbelievable, these stories vividly described a small fraction of the awful things that soldiers went through . “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning , It Was Friday”, by Martha Stout, is another account of trauma. Instead of, however , depicting wartime atrocities, this reading is narrates the psychological trauma that Stout’s psychiatrically dissociative patients went through . Storytelling functions to work through traumatic experiences in three ways: it can relieve pent up emotions , in addition to preventing lunacy or death from not being able to recount one’s story . Finally, it offers the chance to be understood . It is, unfortunately, inaccurate at logically working through traumatic events as a result of memory being skewed .
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Storytelling is highly therapeutic in that it lets loose the torrent of emotion that trauma causes to build . “Rat almost bawls writing [the letter to Curt Lemon’s sister]…[he] pours his heart out . He says he loved the guy. He says the guy was his best friend in the world. They were like soul mates , he says, twins or something, they had a whole lot in common” (O’Brien 387). Rat lost his best friend in the world to a booby-trapped 105 round; the grief his 19 year old heart felt must have been crushing . Writing a letter to his dead friend’s sister was a way for Rat to tell his story , to let out his emotion and let someone understand his pain. “‘This happens a lot. I just lose time . Hours, days. They’re gone, and I don’t know what I’ve done or where I’ve been or anything else .’ During this confession, I saw Julia cry for the first time” (Stout 591). Julia’s
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