Trauma And Recovery By Judith Herman Essay

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In Judith Herman’s book, Trauma and Recovery, she discusses her research and work with trauma survivors. In her book, she writes that, “traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life” (Herman 24). She explores the idea that trauma is as individual as it is common, with reactions and the journey to the post-traumatic self similar despite differences in events. In the case of Barbara Gordon, while the event may vary, her physical and mental trauma can be compared to America’s fear of its forfeiture of power to terror and the loss of the towers after September 11, 2001. Trauma is about more than just the physical ramifications; when the physical aspect is fixed, Barbara’s legs and the building of the 1 World Trade Center, the mental and emotional trauma still remain. Barbara was far from helpless prior to Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. She was first introduced as Batgirl, in Detective Comics #359, after saving Bruce Wayne from the Killer Moth in her own Bat-inspired costume. Barbara began taking self-defense classes when she was six, according to Batgirl #0, and is trained in both Judo and Karate. These skills, along with her incredible intellect, allowed her to fight alongside Batman and Robin until her retirement. That changed when she lost the use of her legs. Instead of enabling her to live her life as she wished, they served as a reminder of everything that she had lost after

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