Analyzing Spartacus' Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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The character I have chosen to analyze having post traumatic stress disorder is Spartacus, who is played by Andy Whitfield on the hit series Spartacus Blood and Sand on Starz. Spartacus Blood and Sand is directed by Grady Hall and Rick Jacobson. Spartacus is a Thracian solider who was punished for his betrayal against the Roman Commander Legatus Claudius Glaber, played by Craig Parker. Spartacus was to be executed in the gladiatorial games and his wife Sura, played by Erin Cummings, was to be sold as a slave. However, Spartacus successfully defended his life by killing four-top notched gladiators in the arena. After his victory he was bought by Baticitus, played by John Hannah. Spartacus was to be a slave trained to be a gladiator in…show more content…
Spartacus’ friend Varro was killed because Iliythia, Glaber’s wife, played by Viva Bianca, seduced the magistrates’ son to have Spartacus and Varro to fight till death. These haunting memories with his wife and killings of his fellow soldiers and only friend cause his level of stress to take his focus off winning because he was very depressed because he lost everything. These experiences of the tragic events made him feel their deaths were his fault. In conclusion, Spartacus onset of post traumatic stress disorder was triggered by the nightmares, insomnia, and haunting memories of his loved ones caused him to not be able to function in his daily life now and in the future. Post traumatic stress disorder is an acute stress disorder caused by experiencing an extremely traumatic event which develops within the first hours or days after a traumatic event. Some people who may experience PTSD are soldiers who have been in war and people who have been raped or had near-death experiences. In our textbook, PTSD is define as an anxiety disorder characterized by haunting memories, nightmares, social withdrawal, jumpy anxiety, and/or insomnia that lingers for four weeks or more after a traumatic experience (Myers,2008). After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, some people were afraid to board airplanes and the security protocols at the border and airports were tighten to

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