Readings: Tim O’Brien, “How to Tell a True War Story”
Susan Faludi, “The Naked Citadel”
Andrew Solomon, “Son”
In any war story, but especially a true one, it’s difficult to separate what happened from what seemed to happen. What seems to happen becomes its own happening, and has to be told that way. The angles of vision are skewed (319).
The three essays mentioned above are distinct in that each is told from a different perspective. Faludi details the inner workings of a male-dominated military academy in “The Naked Citadel” through what one may argue is a feminist agenda. Solomon in “Son” features personal accounts as a homosexual male from adolescence to adulthood, ranging on subjects from academia to sex. Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” is a story told by an anonymous and unreliable narrator. The story is told from multiple perspectives and therefore it is difficult to see (at first) what his plan is for the reader because, “if a story seems moral, do not believe it” (316).