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The Narrative Techniques of  The Things They Carried :  Helping Understand Truth The narrative styles of  The Things They Carried  were like few I had encountered  before .     The  narrative  properties   engage  the   reader   and   give   the  reader  several  different perspectives of the same events .    These properties featured in the stories  force the reader to analyze the text through different sets of eyes .    O’Brien uses  focalization to convince the reader of one thing and swiftly pushes the reader into a new  perspective which changes the reader’s notions altogether .   He incorporates stories of  deep and thoughtful characters whose roots tangle and weave amongst each other His characters are bold and interesting and are seen in many different angles, as to  never let the reader grab a complete hold of them .   His narrative style make the reader  scrutinize the characters and their situations .   O’Brien encourages the reader to analyze  the characters using feminist and historical criticism .     The Things They Carried   uses  narration to ask the reader “What is the truth?” yet begs the reader to assess whether  the truth of the story is even necessary .
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O’Brien’s most obvious technique was focalization .    The narration focuses the  reader into a different perspective in almost every story .   For example, in the story  The  Things They Carried , the reader encounters an omniscient narrator who introduces  each character and reveals personality traits based on the items they “hump” across  Vietnam .   However, the story  Love  (among others) is narrated by O’Brien and gives a  brief hindsight of the story .   For contrast,  Speaking of Courage  gives Norman Bowker’s  recollection of Kiowa’s death, whereas  Notes  gives O’Brien’s observation .    This back- and-forth form of perspective serves several purposes
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