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Notes on "How to Tell A True War Story"

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Notes on "How to Tell A True War Story" 01:335:101

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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Katie on Monday September 12, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 01:335:101 at Rutgers University taught by Fesi in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Expository Writing in Writing at Rutgers University.


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Date Created: 09/12/16
My notes: “A true war story is never moral.” (316) “If a story seems moral do not believe it.” (316) From these two quotes we can tell that the author is jaded. It gives off a pessimistic view but perhaps he is just trying to convey how unfortunate war is. “They…thought…” (317) “…and…invented.” (317) This quote shows the innocents of “kids” in war. War and combat will eventually strip them of this just like it did to O’Brien. “In any…to happen.” (317) “When a…yourself.” (318) “The pictures get jumbled; you tend to miss a lot.” (318) “…when you go…as it seemed.” (318) Vulgar and traumatic events tend to put people in shock. They “float outside” of themselves and are given an out of body experience. “In other cases…beyond telling.” (318) he suggests that the real events of a war story, if remembered, are hard to believe. “Affirm…ever hear.” (318) There are words that stick out to me such as “camouflaged”, “spooky”, “sounds” and “fog”. These words all fit under the theme of ambiguity and eeriness. 9/12/16 How to Tell A True War Story -Tim O’Brien Brainstorming • True (Truth) • Not uplifting/ uplifting • Shocking/ out of body • Remember Morality (Morals) • • Individualized experiences • Indecent • Obscenity • Subjective • Craziness • Beliefs • Little things Teller—->Listener Outlining • Stories (Biased, Exaggerated, Imagined) • Meaningful revelations to the truth • “True war stories are never moral”—-> • To lose the sense of the definite—-> no positivity, you don't know everything happened 100% Anybody can tell a “true war story” since war stories are most likely fabricated or easily • fabricated or altered according to this essay • Nothing is absolutely true • O’Brien is teaching the audience to tell believable war stories • You can tell of the story is true if it makes you uncomfortable • Is it easier to tell a story when the details seem more moral? • Do adrenaline filled experiences change the way we perceive/remember them?


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