The story about Mary Anne is difficult to believe, because of the bizarre elements. However, those are most likely the truest parts of the story, making it fit the criteria of a true war story. In order to fully grasp what a true war story consists of, the definition of true must be deciphered. The novel The Thing They Carried is a compilation of short fiction that explores the theme of the distinction between factual truth and story truth. This quotation, through the use of figurative language, imagery and other stylistic devices makes the reader reconsider the meaning of truth in a war story.
His complex writing not only makes one question the truth, but also teaches them about what it is. Through this novel, the author teaches his audience that truth is arbitrary. He furthers his teaching by discussing antithetical characteristics of war to show that truths can be contradictory. Edgar Allan Poe: several critics claim that this man is a wannabe literary author. A great hypothesis to why Poe always writes such disturbing tales comes straight from an article written by Carl Goldberg.
When looking at these. In Literary Theory: A Brief Introduction by Jonathan Culler, this concept is further examined, with Culler stratifying literature into two distinct types of language, performative and constative. While constative language draws upon factual or literal interpretations, performative language deals more so with embellishment or the expression of details as they seem.
He scrutinizes the complicated connection between experiencing the war in actuality and telling it in a story. It is expressed as a repetition of predating Vietnam War stories; partly it is conveyed from his part as the narrator in order to give a rhetorical description of the story. The authors narrative demonstrates that a narrator has the capability to influence the listeners perspective or notion of the story.