In addition to Vietnam`s chance, O`Brien emphasizes insignificance by beginning the description of the struggle with the Jackknife and using the vignette as a metaphor for the insignificance felt by the characters. Strunk laughs uncontrollably when Jensen, fearing what Strunk might do in retaliation, breaks his nose by admitting that he actually stole the knife. He laughs because Jensen, who breaks his nose, doesn`t make sense – Jensen was justified in his attacking drink. The unnecessary gesture, motivated by fear, leads us to consider the whole struggle as meaningless. We can then apply this model in Vietnam to see how the greatest fight, no matter who wins or loses, will be meaningless. Another theme highlighted in the new “Good Form” is when the narrator makes a difference between “Truth History” and “Happening Truth.” O`Brien speaks of truth and reality in relation to history, describing: “I can say that the form of the book is closely related to how, as a human being, I tend to see the world unfolding around me. Sometimes it is difficult to separate the external “reality” from the internal treatment of this reality.  O`Brien`s fluid and elliptical negotiation of truth finds echoes in this context in works called “sachromanes.” The “Friends” sticker ends with Jensen breaking his original promise and not killing Strunk. But when news of Strunk`s death came to him, “it seems that Dave Jensen is being shed a huge weight.” Jensen had gone back to his word and failed his friend, so that he did not make a good friend of Strunk`s. Perhaps because he had not been seriously injured, Jensen had not undergone the same transformation as Strunk, who wanted a life after a massive and crippling injury more than the death of a soldier. One way or another, Strunk`s death fulfills Jensen`s promise not to let any of them live after suffering such an injury. He is again able to be Strunk`s friend not by his actions, but by fate and inaction. O`Brien forces us to wonder what is right and what is wrong in a war.
If Jensen had kept his promise, he`d be a murderer. By not doing so, even on Strunk`s orders, he does not turn out to be a friend. O`Brien asks us what`s worse. On patrol, Lee Strunk and Dave Jensen vie for the absence of Jensen`s Jackknife, whom Strunk probably stole. Jensen slightly overwhelms Strunk, meets him over and over again and breaks his nose. That`s why Jensen starts to worry and worries about the revenge Strunk might take against him. He follows Strunk, pays attention to his location, and is careful with him when Strunk takes care of the weapons. This tension is built in Jensen, and he is still nervous, until he cracks and starts firing his weapon in the air, and the name Strunk screams. Later that night, Jensen borrows a pistol and breaks his nose. He shows Strunk what he did and asks if they were now; Strunk says he`s safe.
The next morning, Strunk can`t stop laughing; He stole the Jackknife. O`Brien describes a man he killed in My Khe and how he did it. He makes a life story for the man and torments himself with the idea that the victim had been a sweet soul.  Over the next month, Jensen and Strunk will begin to mat on ambushes and cover themselves on patrol.