Story-truth versus Happening-truth
...truth versus Happening-truth Tim O'Brien, in his book, The Things They Carried, describes two different kinds of truth, story-truth and happening-truth. He describes story-truth something that "makes things present" (O'Brien 180). He describes happening-truth as reality, as what actually happened. However, for O'Brien, story-truth is more true than happening-truth, for several reasons. While happening-truth may be what literally happened at war, the fighting, the death, the destruction; it loses everything that makes it human to describe war that way. Story-truth, on the other hand, allows the listener to be there, with the narrator in the present, and see how things were. Story-truth... Story-truth...