Throughout Homer’s The Odyssey the after-effects of war, both on veterans themselves and their loved ones are shown. The events during war and the effects of war worsen the mental health of those involved in it. The way that war changes people as depicted in The Odyssey by having detrimental effects on their mental health is similar as compared to today’s world, however veterans are more emotionally closed and more recognized to have to deal with trauma caused it than depicted in The Odyssey. War changes people in The Odyssey mainly through affecting their mental state. The grief and depression that is caused by the loss of loved ones in war greatly affects family members in Homer’s epic.
Most importantly, the story of the protagonist is similar to Ernest Hemingway life story with him being injured in a war which had an major impact. In addition, it is stated how in A Farewell to Arms, Trevor Dodman argues how Fredric ‘suffers from the compulsion to remember and retell his traumatic past from the standpoint of a survivor both unable and perhaps unwilling to put that very past into words” (Church 59). On other hand, Ernest Hemingway while recovering his war injuries, he suffered depression. Also, it was states how his body and mind were also beginning to betray him. Both Frederic Henry and Ernest Hemingway suffered from the inability to move on from the past.
The return from war is quite a difficult process for the integration in society given harsh environmental conditions they have been involved in the war. Reintegrating back into society is a difficult task after the release from military duty. Different factors affect the reintegration with the civilian society including the difference in the education, interpersonal relationship and employment experiences. Considering that the veterans are military officers relieved of their duty after serving the nation in a war, the integration with the civilians presents a different environment that may influence their coexistence, especially in consideration to the law. The co-existence of the veterans in the society is a challenging task as many are affected by the mental health problems depending on the level of military influence on the individuals.
Many people do not like their position in this world. For instance, they are vexed from working at a low paying job or pursuing a higher education. And, when they hear of a draft into the military, they go for it eventually regretting their choice, attempting to dodge the draft, change their minds, but cannot do so because they are already in the war. In order to challenge this prevailing ideal, Tim O'Brien wrote The Things They Carried as a memoir of his experiences during the Vietnam war, and to proclaim the injustices of the government towards the soldiers. Therefore, O’Brien’s odyssey in the war not only impacted his life but for all the other veterans as well, challenging the underlying power of the government in America through the unfair orders that they gave the soldiers and the little help that they gave the soldiers with mental illness.
The Disconnected Soldiers In “The Things They Carried,” written by Tim O’Brien, he creates images in the audience 's mind about what veterans truly experience before, during, and after the Vietnam war. Soldiers always have the strange feeling of disconnection but O’Brien brings this to the attention of people throughout his book. On the surface, the book appears to be a simple war novel, but beneath the surface it opens up into all of the struggles that war veterans face such as the disconnection from society. Disconnection occurs as a main theme in the novel and he presents this through multiple stories from different characters. Four specific stories where disconnection shows through the most are in: “How to Tell a True War Story”, “Sweetheart
The men were bombarded with hate. Lots suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. The American soldiers that served in the Vietnam War also had major readjustment problems. This changed the way people viewed the government, media, and Constitutional
with the lines "war, has shattered, Many a young man 's dreams, Made him disabled, bitter and mean". These lines explain how a soldier can be changed in the war, both mentally and physically. I agree with the message in this song. I believe that there is other ways to resolve many of the issues that cause wars. These other ways might be troublesome and hard to imagine, but if there is a way to prevent the loss of lives and the pain that wars bring to many, then we must try to find this other
The work itself represents his fears and anxiety he has about the war even though he has already been discharged. (Sayre 1144) One may endure physical hardship during was but one may also suffer emotional damage as well that can even be more detrimental. Regardless, Kirchner also painted Self Portrait as a Sick Person in 1918, which illustrates himself suffering with post traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism and a few other conditions he suffered from. (Aronson and Ramachandran) Even though Kirchner was still well alive after and during the war, he was not a reliable source of consistent artwork because of his mental
Many American soldiers are troubled by the various aspects of warfare. In this world, the threat of war is always present. War by Sebastian Junger, as well as other sources, shows that the living standards for many current and former soldiers is grueling. This is because many troops suffer from mental illness, poor or no shelter, and soldiers can spend long periods of time away from their families and far from their homes, thus leading to several emotional consequences. Soldiers returning from deployment are often plagued by mental illness.
Unlike a natural disaster, servicemen prepare for war, but the actual battle field is a lot different from the practices and organized society the servicemen are used to, so this experience can have some effects on the brain. Death of a loved one can cause Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder because it is for someone to live without a person who used to be very frequent