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When the Truth becomes Lies

“His lies were quite unimportant lies and consisted in attributing to himself things other men had seen, done or heard of, and stating facts certain apocryphal incidents familiar to all soldiers (70).”

Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time. New York: Scribner, 1925. Print

Notes: That once people hear the truth so many time, they don’t want to listen anymore. Lies can make people listen.  A lie can take the form of the truth if the basic ideas and information are correct.

Wanting to talk and then not wanting to talk

“At first Krebs, who had been at Belleau Wood, Soissons, the Champagne, St. Mihiel and in the Argonne did not want to talk about the war at all.  Later he felt the need to talk but no one wanted to hear about it.  His town had heard too many atrocity stories to be thrilled by actualities.  Krebs found that to be listened to at all he had to lie, and after he had done this twice he, too, had a reaction against the war and against talking about it” (69).

Hemingway, Ernest.  In Our Time.  New York:  Charles Scribner’s Sons.  1970.

Notes: Lies versus truth and how they play into the idea of talking about the war, the debate of wanting to talk about it and not wanting to talk about it, report-style writing (it has a certain journalistic quality to it reporting facts but not all the details – like what stories had been told)