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Why is 'memory' more important than 'truth' in O'Brien's The Things They Carried?

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Posted May 13, 2013 at 9:17 PM via web

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Why is 'memory' more important than 'truth' in O'Brien's The Things They Carried?

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currerbell | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted May 16, 2013 at 11:08 PM (Answer #1)

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Truth, as O'Brien goes through pains to illustrate throughout "The Things They Carried," is subject to change.  “A thing may happen and be a total lie; another thing may not happen and be truer than the truth," he decides. Memory, on the other hand, is more nuanced than "truth." By recalling something, the event, or person, is able to create, or re-create,  "the illusion of aliveness.”

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