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 Dr. Jonathan Shay is the author of the book Achilles in Vietnam and a doctor/psychotherapist who spent most of his time in Vietnam and helped them in examining the psychological devastation 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 book Achilles in Vietnam studies the posttraumatic effects on the U.S Vietnam war victims. Shay explains the value of honoring the enemy as in the Iliad; he illustrates the US inadequacy and poor strategic planning that led to mass killings of its people. Dr. Shay gives suggestions regarding the control measures of the PTSD that involved preventing the disorder by treating it using narrative to communalize the trauma and proper desolate for the dead. Shay upon engaging in sustained dialogues with the Viet vets discovered profound effects of the war almost twenty years later. The author believes that over a quarter of a million casualties of the War sustained depression and isolation effects and feelings of meaninglessness to the society.
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Surname 2 Shay explains these conditions as discovered throughout the years of treating the veterans, quotes from the records of therapy sessions, analyzes the veterans and soldiers’ common 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. Despite the idea that the Iliad was written centuries ago, it has compelling experiences and voices that bring about greater understanding when it comes to the experiences of the Vietnam veterans. Therefore, the comparison to the Iliad makes Shay’s
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  • Spring '15
  • Vietnam War, The Iliad, Psychological trauma, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Vietnam Veterans

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