O’Brien Essay Topics

In Tim O’Brien

In Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story,” the author tries to humanize war by letting the reader know how absolutely difficult telling a war story is. He does this by giving many unsolicited pieces of advice about how to tell a true war story, but many of them directly contradict each other… View Article

The Things They Carried

Memory, Imagination and Symbolism in The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien When horrible things happen to people, the horror cannot usually be put into words and is instead depicted into illustrations, satirical works or literary works. One of these said examples of horror which occurs in the history of humanity is war. War with… View Article

The Value of Doubt through O’Brien’s “On the Rainy River”

People value being certain as it gives them a sense of stability, self-reliance and control. Being certain gives one the power to be able to confidently assert beliefs or claims and act upon them. Descartes says as seen in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2005), “As my certainty increases, my doubt decreases, conversely, as my… View Article

Big Brother Is Watching You!

‘Big Brother’ is a fictional character in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. He is the mysterious dictator of Oceania. The citizens of Oceania are under continuous surveillance by the authorities of the totalitarian regime by the means of advanced gadgets called telescreens. They are continuously reminded of the fact that ‘Big Brother is watching you’…. View Article