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Homework for Thursday, October 29th

October 27, 2015

Please read the attached file “How to Tell a True War Story”. I would like you to focus on O’Brien’s use of paradox in his effort to explain the meaning of war. That will be the focus of our discussion when we return. When you have finished the reading, do the following:

1. Have a firm understanding of the plots of the several war stories that O’Brien recounts. Write down the plot outline for each story and its main characters.

2. In two or three sentences, answer the question, “What is a true war story?” In class discussion be ready to reference plot points from question #1 that “prove” your answer.

3. List and explain the inherent paradoxes that O’Brien uses to explain the meaning of war?

To help you with number #3, I offer this quick primer on the definition of a paradox with some examples:

Paradox: A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

Zeno’s Paradox: You will never reach point B from point A as you must always get half-way there, and half of the half, and half of that half, and so on…” (This is also a paradox of the infinite)

Paradox of evil: The existence of evil seems to be incompatible with the existence of an omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect God.

Core Value of the St. Albans Athlete (Excellence): A St. Albans athlete realizes that the more we think only about winning, the less we will win. The more we think about those things which we can control – our work ethic, our behavior, and our positive support for each other – the better we will perform.

How to Tell a True War Story text final

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