Unformatted text preview: November 3, 2007 HON 101 The Things They Carried Homework According to O’Brien, there are many criteria for a true war story, and he outlines them in the chapter, “How to Tell a True War Story.” First, a war story is not moral or virtuous in any way. O’Brien says that a true war story will show the complete evil and obscenity that war is. A true war story should be felt, deep down in the pit of the stomach. While the story itself is not moral, it can have a moral, and if it does, that is “like the thread that makes the cloth. You can’t tease it out.” He also says that usually the craziest things in war are true; if you want to believe it, you probably shouldn’t, and if you do not want to believe it, it is probably true. Even though a war can be long over, its story just never seems to end. Everything that happens in a war continues to go on in the lives of those who experienced it. No, there are not grenades going off in modern day America, but the soldiers who fought still feel those war stories. To not grenades going off in modern day America, but the soldiers who fought still feel those war stories....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course HON 101 taught by Professor Wolf during the Fall '07 term at Canisius College.
- Fall '07
- The Things They Carried, Ambush