The main character in the short story “How to Tell a True War Story” by Tim O’Brien is the narrator. The narrator’s experiences are inspired by O’Brien’s experience in the war, but the character is fictional and semi-autobiographical.
Other important characters mentioned in the story are Bob Kiley – who tries to cope with the death of his friend, Curt Lemon – and Mitchell Sanders – who tells a story about a listening-post operation gone wrong. Several other soldiers are mentioned in the story and help the narrator build a complex image of the war.
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