Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Literature

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Wars will affect everyone in the countries that are fighting, but nobody more than the soldiers. This is true for all wars, but especially World War I because at the time it was the largest war the world had ever seen. Young men from all over were sent to the frontlines to be killed in the trenches or in the open fields. Over 8.5 million men ended up dying during the “Great War”, changing the lives of many people. The families of the men lost their family member, children lost their fathers, and many men lost their lives. Some soldiers who didn’t die would return very different from when they left because of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD). The perspective of some soldiers as well as the life changing events that took place in their lives are shown through the novel All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, The Soldier by Rupert Brooke, and The Man He Killed by Thomas Hardy. In All Quiet on the Western Front, the main character is Paul Bäumer. Before the war he was a very lively and happy young man, but after fighting he changes and starts to feel much depressed. Throughout the book, Paul changes from a compassionate, sensitive young man into a less joyful person. This detachment from his feelings and emotions are caused by the horrors he witnessed during the war and the anxiety that it brought him. As a result of the war, he is unable to feel at home among his family and cannot talk about his experiences in the war. One of the most powerful moments in
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