In the story “how to tell a true war story” O’Brien begins by writing a letter to his friend’s sister. The friend is killed when war erupts, and Rat is forced to extrapolate on the proceedings that led to his death. The letter is very long and personal to explain how the two were close friends. He explains in depth of how he encountered his death and starts to cry. However,
Rat is disappointed in the behavior shown by the sister. She does not bother to reply the letter even after a long time. The author extrapolates that a true war story is only seen as true if it has obscenity and planned evil. In this regard, the story is explained to be true by the death of some people. Before his death, Rat and Lemon were having a peaceful day under a tree. The story is seen to be true by the fact that the two friends were merrily playing with a smoke grenade. They were tossing it front and backwards in the sunlight and enjoying every moment of the play. In the process of playing, Lemon steps on a mine and he is hurled into the air landing on a tree. It is a bizarre incident that leaves Tim in utter shock and surprise. Though it looked like Lemon was killed with the sunlight, he was killed by the surprised lifting into the air.

The institution of marriage is perhaps one of the most astounding in the development of individuals in the society and is usually marked with jubilations reminiscent of its importance. Holding a wedding casually is not only contrary to the expectation of the importance of this event but also an insult of the noble intentions of tying the knot. Citing the compromising environment in which marriage and weddings in Nevada apparently contradict social expectations, Joan Didion generates deep feelings worth worrying for this American State. The author applies imagery to depict the casualness and contempt with which the Nevada community accords important social events, which generates a perfect nexus with the actual developments regarding absurdity around marriage. Irony and contradictions conspicuously persist throughout the article as the author’s attempt to paint the moral decadence with regard to marriage strikes a perfect balance in the discourse. The author paints the entire wedding quagmire in Nevada using imagery from an environmental scan and the commercial hype in Las Vegas which is unfavorable for serious social events.

In light of the description of the physical environment that the author picks to create imagery on the marriage confusion, a contrasting image appears giving the main theme a deep sense of life. From the premise that a couple’s engagement immediately after a wedding is like a young life, a nurturing environment can be thought of. Making an extrapolation of the most supportive conditions of a young life, perhaps the most delicate care and environment would be appropriate for inclusion in the nurturing conditions. However, Nevada is located in a harsh physical environment with desert conditions that could make a young life to struggle for survival. In terms of the physical harshness, if not desiccated to death, an encounter with poisonous rattlesnakes and bruises from mesquite present the cruelty awaiting.

Accompanying evidence of the harsh conditions imagery of the actual desert-like life in Nevada, which probably make weddings a casual affair in this environment fits perfectly in the discourse. Las Vegas is cited majorly in many respects of this environment where sensible marriage would not exist. Presence of call girls in plenty in the town simulates a scandalous environment where casual unions are the order of the day (1). Presenting such an environment as a perfect choice for conducting a wedding is perhaps an insult at its best and scandalous at its worst. Gang life emerges in the discourse as a normal setting in which raving merry and gambling best thrive making Las Vegas as a preferred destination for fun seekers. Immediate gratification conspicuously obscures reasoning and patience which characterize honorable unions as weddings. Amyl nitrite poppers easily offered by stewards in this city paint a picture of a careless and addiction driven society that can only make things complicated for the married life. Such is the casualness in the physical setting that Nevada and Las Vegas in specific gives to marriage at the behest young unsuspecting couples who later find difficult to find control of the confusion.

Commercialization of fun in Las Vegas perhaps contributes to the indecent lack of distinction between marriage and fun. Apparently, commercialization of sex in Las Vegas is a little over the moralist’s perspective of a balanced society in terms of vices and values. Fun jinx hovers around Las Vegas and makes it above all standards of American definition of having fun in an outing. Every fun crazy and addicted spoilt and delinquent brat would find Las Vegas as a place to call home. Lack of sensual control in the city would force everyone to forgive the dwellers for confusing marriage with fun. The author reckons that Las Vegas lacks a sense of time since fun goes on every second of the days of the week around the year. In the context of this fun business frenzy, the confusion seems to wipe across any decency around noble ideas such as sex within marriage hence mockery of the wedding event in fun. The fun business around weddings in Las Vegas is evident in the wedding-intensive chapels in the city (2). Commercial plans for every wedding detail characterize the casual environment representing the contradiction. In such a commercial environment, moral decadence overshadows every holy shred of the institution of marriage, with scenes of underage couples and improper conduct from parents taking center stage at such weddings.

In conclusion, marriage absurdity in Nevada is particularly a casual encounter as the conditioned environment no longer recognizes it as so. A cold environment devoid of a moral backing corrupts marriage values from the community just as harsh climate in the nearby desert does. A casual treatment of serious tenets of life defies odds in Nevada, making delicate social organizations to suffer. It is therefore difficult for marriage to be a normal affair with a harsh environment and a highly commercialized social setting supported by fun addiction, due to the contradiction they give to marriage.