How to Tell a True War Story Questions and Answers
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What are the different ironies found in the story "How to Tell a True War Story"?

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For me one of the biggest ironies of this brilliant story that seems to capture the whole difficulty of presenting any established "truth" in the face of war and what happens during war is the way that O'Brien seems to offer us conflicting versions of the truth and then at the end withdraws those truths indicating that they are all in fact falsehoods:

All you can do is tell it one more time, patiently, adding and subtracting, making up a few things to get at the real truth. No Mitchell Sanders you tell her. No Lemon, no Rat Kiley. No trail junction. No baby buffalo. No vines or moss or white blossoms....

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