Truth and Storytelling in Tim O’Brien's "The Things They Carried" Everyone has an idea of what it means to be truthful, or what it means to be telling the truth. Truth is something that we all have in our lives, and everyone has a different opinion of what it means to tell the truth or to be truthful. Still, according to many philosophers, truth is subjective and the nature of truth is up for debate. On author who agrees with this is the famous author Tim O’Brien. In his book, The Things They Carried, he talks about his experience as a soldier and makes the point for a subjective truth for more impact and understanding. In this way, O’Brien argues for truth as experience, and one open to interpretation or exaggeration. O’Brien definitely...The end:
.....true war story,” in that it plays upon the subjectivity of experience and truth in order to make a story that truly impacts the reader. Tim O’Brien sees truth in a different way than most people. He sees it in a way where it is based upon internal and external factors, and can be processed in order to not be what people think of truth as. It is something changeable and something that makes people connect to each other. He tries to have people connect to his true war story through The Things They Carried. The Things They Carried is a book about the Vietnam war that tells the reader that truth can be up to the interpretation and experience of the storyteller. Works Cited O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.