rev.Achilles in Vietnam- 124941157

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Surname 1 Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character by Jonathan Shay Introduction The essay examines the psychological trauma and devastation of war by relating the Vietnam veterans with Homer’s Iliad suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Jonathan Shay is the author of the book Achilles in Vietnam and a doctor/psychotherapist who spent most of his time in Vietnam helping the Vietnams in examining their psychological devastations caused by war. He offered treatment to the Vietnam veterans suffering from severe post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Shay conducts an analysis of what the author refers to as the moral breakdown of the Achilles concerning the terms of factors related to the Vietnam War. He outlines these factors and conditions as guilt, grief after the death of a particular comrade, going bonkers (a clinical mental disorder), the decline of decent and social prospect betrayal. The Undoing Character and Comparison of Viet vets with the Iliad Shay defines the idea of the undoing of character as the results of traumatic experiences under specific social conditions and within a given culture. He compares the battlefield experiences of men in the Homeric epic war with those of the Vietnam veterans. He explains the appalling conditions of the Vietnam vets as discovered throughout the years of treating the veterans; he quotes from the records of therapy sessions, analyzes the veterans and soldiers
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Surname 2 typical reactions to these factors and validates the responses in the Achilles. He also investigates the presence of these conditions in the soldiers of Homer’s Iliad comparing them with those in the Vietnam War veterans. His study of the Iliad and the great Homeric war illuminates our understanding of the Vietnam War. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) The Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that arises after an individual has been exposed to traumatic scenes such as war, domestic violence, traffic accidents, sexual assault, military experiences among others. According to Dr. Shay, PTSD is not an illness, but rather it is the tenacity of adaptive behaviors required for survival of an individual in a stressful surrounding. The symptoms of PTSD may include dreams related to the event,
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