Analysis Of O ' Brien 's '

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On another subject, not everyone is sure of the accuracy of O’Brien’s novel. One source truly doubts the truth within the story. The author writes that O’Brien’s past “. . . in turn spins the dazzling intricate webs of imagination and memory that constitute his fiction” (Franklin). Another source mentions “. . . these stories--some fully developed, some no more than anecdotes . . .” (Jones). Franklin believes that as a result of the experiences O’Brien endured, his memory is less than accurate. He thinks the events have more fiction than fact, on the basis of the novel not being written until years after the events occurred. Franklin suspects that since O’Brien has sustained traumatic illnesses from his time in battle, his memory of the events will become impaired. Additionally, some of the events did not happen to O’Brien, these were merely things he witnessed. Another article is equally concerned about the truth presented to the reader. This author points out how “. . . the reader is lead to question the reality of many, if not all, of the stories in the book” (Calloway). Calloway also thinks in the in accuracy of the stories. She points out that due to the particular concepts depicted in the book, the reader cannot, with any certainty believe these events actually happened in the way the author described them. It is not at all times stated in the book whether or not O’Brien is sure of the events, therefore, the reader is left to assume that not every detail is entirely
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