While In the Lake of the Woods is a fictional novel, “The Vietnam in Me” is a non-fiction article.
What’s the difference between fiction and non-fiction?
How does this difference help us correctly understand and interpret these two texts?
Questions to Guide Your Analysis
As you read “The Vietnam in Me,” how does it help you to understand the article to know that this article is a non-fiction account of Tim O’Brien’s life experiences?
What are some of the main ideas that O’Brien tries to convey in this article?
How might these ideas help us read and understand O’Brien’s novel, In the Lake of the Woods?
As you begin reading the novel, In the Lake of the Woods, notice the instructions in the title/dedication pages: “Although this book contains material from the world in which we live, including references to actual places, people, and events, it must be read as a work of fiction.”
Why, do you suppose, is it so important to O’Brien that we read the book “as a work of fiction”?
How do we read fiction differently from non-fiction?
Use at least one direct quotation from these texts to illustrate your analysis
Explain your interpretation thoroughly