The Psychology of War

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“In war, there are no unwounded solders.” Often, people tend to look at the physical aspects of war, such as demanding fitness required or the numerous bodily injuries one can suffer. While the physical aspects of battle are horrifying, the mental aspect of war is just as bad if not worse. For centuries, war has forced young men away from their families and loved ones to fight in battle often in harsh conditions. Being removed from loved ones in order to put your life on the line is very mentally demanding. Three works of literature really bring out the full negative effects of battle both physically and psychologically. “Othello” by William Shakespeare, short story “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien and the poem “The Battle” by poet Louis Simpson really stress the negative mental aspects of fighting in a battle. Some of the many common links throughout the stories is that they all include various symbols, vivid imagery, and explicit figurative language to display intense emotion dealing with the horrors of war. These writers proves that the psychological aspect even causes the downfall of characters rather than any kind of physical harm. The literary terms proves that the psychological effect war gives is worse then the demanding physical challenge. Scholarly articles and examples from the text of each story go a long way to prove this. Tim O’Brien’s popular short story “The Things They Carried” tells the stories about a platoon of foot soldiers during the Vietnam War. Stories within the text do its job of recalling emotional damage that comes from battle. Through the story, we learn that the characters carry an array of many different things that are both physical objects and things that are intangible. Physi... ... middle of paper ... ...ach of them faces is the war in their minds. Works Cited Alzaobi, Nahed: Othello as a Military Man." Othello Navigator: Othello as a Military Man. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. DiYanni, Robert. "Othello, The Moor of Venice, The Things They Carried, The Battle." Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2004. N. pag. Print. Hinde, Robert A. "Hinde | Psychological Bases of War (I)." Hinde Psychological Bases of War (I). N.p., 7 Apr. 1998. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. Juo, Audrey. "The Things They Carried , Key Themes & Symbols." Key Themes & Symbols: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. N.p., 20 Aug. 2012. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. LeShan, Lawrence L. The Psychology of War: Comprehending Its Mystique and Its Madness. Chicago: Noble, 1992. Print. Survey, Twenty Students from Burlington County College. April 21, 2014.
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