The Characters Of Ptsd In 'The Kite Runner'

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Mind of the Broken Children “You can’t patch a wounded soul with a Band-Aid.” - Michael Connelly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is extremely common among certain individuals such as veterans, rape, and natural disaster victims. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is life altering, once diagnosed, the most efficient way is look for a solution to cope with it. Known as PTSD for short, “is a mental disability that occurs when experiencing or witnessing a life threatening events such as military events, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents or physical/sexual abuse in adult or childhood.”(1) The symptoms of PTSD include reliving a person’s traumatic experience, avoiding situations or people that remind the individual of said experience, emotionally detached, hyperarousal, and a sense of self guilt. In the novel, The Kite Runner, there is a child by the name of Sohrab, who was the son of the late Hassan’s son. Sohrab was sexually abused by one of the antagonists of the book named Assef which caused Sohrab’s Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sohrab faces a largely misunderstood trauma: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) just like most of the children who suffered from sexual and physical abuse trauma. The event that starts off with Sohrab’s PTSD are the execution of his parents, Hassan and Farzana in chapter 17 of the novel. Witnessing the death of one’s parents is an event that could traumatize even a child all the way to adulthood. “As the life span

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