‘Regeneration’ by Pat Barker was first published in 1991 and is an anti-war novel that examines how soldiers at this time could develop psychosomatic conditions from the implications of war presented in the text more graphically compared to an older text from the critiques lack of understanding of mental health. At Craiglockhart, Willard (who is brought to Rivers) stated that he is in fact paralysed. Although, because of Rivers successful advancement in psychological progress, the attitude to Willard’s condition is changed - “paralysis is no use to a coward Mr. Willard. A coward needs his legs”. This can show that “Willard” was actually never able to grasp the true f...
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...ations to the soldiers from the disgusting conditions as a “crippling overload of panic and despair”. There are very few ways that soldiers could overcome this problem although it seems that the only way the soldiers could overcome these effects of war itself is to detach their emotions by suppressing them and granting that this is their lives now and that they just have to live with it. Audiences of the time would not question this because any sign of emotion is a sign of weakness for a man – at the time of publishing (1929) playing a role in this, especially as this would be shocking as it experiments with the use of emotions in men that is something that would rarely be spoken about. However, much newer audiences and critics RJ Jackson may have argued that they were not able to detach their emotions from war, as the change from their daily lives was so ‘drastic’.
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