The is what I submitted for my draft. It needs to be 3 pages finished. You can add to or re-write this. Shorty Story is “How to Tell a Ture War Story” O’Brien
“How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O’Brien seeks to explain the psychological effects of war on Vietnam soldiers. Through his narrative story telling, O’Brien states that in order for a war story to be true it must not be moral or make you feel uplifted. There is no happy ending in war. He suggests “If you don’t care for obscenity, you don’t care for the truth; if you don’t care for the truth, watch how you vote. Send guys to war, the come home talking dirty.” [introduce body paragraphs]
The story starts out with Rat writing a letter to the sister of his killed buddy. He writes, “Rat almost bawls writing it.”. He does not receive a letter and O’Brien goes on to say “He’s nineteen years old – its too much for him- so he looks at you with those big killer eyes and says cooze, because his friend is dead, and because it’s so incredibly sad and true: she never wrote back.” O’Brien is displaying that Rat, barley an adult is unable to cope with the tragedy of losing his best friend.
The rambling tone of the story seems to suggest that Sanders, the narrator, is emotionally detached from the story. He tells it with a flattened affect. “He was playing catch with Rat Kiley, laughing, and then he was dead.” He repeats how Curt Lemon died many times throughout the story, his flashbacks to the event. The story is told as if he can not get it out of his head.
When O’Brien writes of Rat shooting the baby water buffalo, “It wasn’t to kill; it was just to hurt.”. Then Rat Kiley went off crying. [add more here]
O’Brien explains the effects of the war as “a great ghostly fog, thick and permanent”. He is continually stressing how true war stories are so traumatic they can not be believed and how truth is often mixed with untruth. [add more here]
Meyer, Michael,eds. The Compact Bedford Introduction To Literature: Reading, Thinking,
Writing. Boston : Bedford/St. Martins, 2012. Print.