The Alienated War Veteran in Film and Literature by Emmett Early

By Emmett Early

The veterans' tradition in postwar eras from global warfare I to the current is tested during this booklet, with particular consciousness to the historical occasions of every period as they effect veterans, and the literature and flicks produced approximately veterans and by way of veterans. The purpose is to spotlight the reciprocal interactions one of the impacts of the conflict, the veterans, and the tradition. the typical alienation of the veterans of overseas wars is punctiliously explored. movies and literary works that includes warfare veterans of every period are tested intimately … express morefor their a variety of perspectives of alienation. Homer's Odyssey, myths, fairy stories, sleek novels, memoirs, and brief tales are all mentioned with an emphasis on detailing what's universal and anticipated with returning veterans, and what's particular for every postwar period.

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The film has been widely praised in veteran mental health circles and adopted by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In The Lucky Ones, the returning army reservist is met with rejection from his wife and learns that his job has disappeared because of a factory closing. He becomes depressed and suicidal, but, with the help of his veteran friends, manages to regain his spirit. He then re-enlists to get a bonus to pay for his son’s education. Still, there is a sense that his option is one of choosing without regard for his own well-being.

War veterans may seek isolation because they feel guilty, or irritable, or are hypersensitive to noise. (Griffin, et al. ) The veterans who go to remote areas to live in isolation may provide dramatic material for movies, but most veterans withdraw in a more subtle manner. Perhaps the most common veteran is the one who returns home after the war and takes up his life as before, except that there is no forgetting. One of the most successful of the dramas is the 1993 film Ulee’s Gold. The Vietnam War veteran works hard as a beekeeper in the manufacture of Florida’s tupelo honey.

The United States seems staggered by the impact of the wars, which populate our culture with a steadily increasing number of affected war veterans and their families in stress, and the old debate reemerges: Do wars cause emotional trauma or are posttraumatic symptoms encouraged by the potential for compensation? In the Valley of Elah hits this 24 The Alienated War Veteran in Film and Literature subject with a hard hammer blow, telling its story, based on fact, that veterans just returned from a combat tour in Iraq, still on active duty, murder their friend and attempt to destroy his body without expressing any true remorse.

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