The Things They Carried, writing homework help

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Much of the stories in O’Brien’s novel “The Things They Carried” are imaginative reinventions of actual episodes that occurred during his own tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968-69.  For O’Brien, happening-truth (what actually happened in real life) can be less true than story-truth (what happens only in fiction). Do you agree with O’Brien’s artistic philosophy?  Why or why not?

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