The Narrow Road To The Deep North And The Railway Man Analysis

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From the contexts of the Narrow Road to the Deep North and The Railway Man as both were set in the same era, many of the same issues arise around the subject of post-traumatic stress disorder and grief. Through the war, and the hardships soldiers faced, it was hard to return home, with the unknown expectation of isolation and seclusion, particularly in thoughts and feelings. As friends and families who stayed at home and did not experience the war, empathy was often difficult, and opinions and experiences from the war were not often talked about. Through this, guilt and post-war emotions are often not expresses, and dramatic ways of dealing with the internal pain can often be life threatening. Often, these feeling are not wanted to be…show more content…
Dorrigo Evans, in The Narrow Road to the Deep North, has a similar experience to Eric. Through the war, and traumatic experiences, Dorrigo is largely incapable to conjure feelings of love. This leads him to not feel happy or comfortable in his long-standing relationship with his fiancé Ella. Although Ella is all Dorrigo every wanted in a woman, correct and loving, his broken past brings him to infidelity. He has multiple flings with women, hoping to seek the love he has lost from during the war. He eventually finds a kind of love in Amy Mulvaney, his uncles younger wife. Dorrigo wasn’t looking for love, the love he acquired with Amy found him. Although he loved Amy, she was also a comping mechanism for Dorrigo, to cope with the trauma of the war. When he was with her, all his worries about the war went away, and he only though about her, nothing but her.
“And without her (Amy), his life felt to him no longer any life at all.” (Flanagan, Richard)
His life in the war, made him feel like life was no longer worth living, but Amy made his life have purpose, and therefore Flanagan showing the audience the power of love in the darkest times. Natasha Kampmark, writes an article about the flaws that Dorrigo Evans has, and how these can prove more examples to his psychological being, and how these can draw the reader closer to him as a character.
“However, alongside these “flaws” there are fine psychological depictions of characters on both sides of the ethical divide; there is
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