Analysis Of Facing It By Yusef Komunyakaa

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As History shows us, war at times can be preventable and at time it is not. In the long run, war has an everlasting effect on soldiers whether it is directly or indirectly. In some cases, the horror of war is at time difficult for us to understand how men and women in the battlefield cope in times of fear. The poem "Facing it" by Yusef Komunyakaa allows us the readers to see what happen during and after the war, and what mentally goes through one 's mind in terms of how one copes with the war and how one deals with their mental breakdown during and after the war. The Poem "Facing It" demonstrates how the effect of war can most likely damage one 's life due to PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder).
In some cases, soldiers that return home from
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Also it in the poem the speaker planned on not crying but end up getting emotional because the speaker himself knew that it would have been a difficult time for him when he planned on visiting the wall, that is why he kept on stating that he is not going to cry. When the speaker saw the name of the fallen soldiers on the wall he also felt as if he was dead with them given the reason why he says that I am stone. Then he reminds himself that he is flesh, which indicates that he is still alive and that he has emotions within himself. This reveals that the speaker may be suffering from the symptom known as avoidance were people try to avoid the accordance of their traumatic event through "avoiding going near places where the trauma occurred or seeing TV programs or news reports about similar events"(Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"). "Individuals with PTSD may try to avoid situations that trigger memories of the traumatic event" (Post-Traumatic Stress …show more content…
"I go down the 58,022 names,
Half-expecting to find
My own in letters like smoke". (Komunyakaa 14-16)
As the speaker goes down the name of the numerous people who had lost their lives during the war it causes him to think and feel as if he himself should have been dead and that his name should have been etched into the granite wall. Stanzas 25-30 is indicating that people who went through horrible things can relate to one another and often time finds it difficult to get back into reality back they are stuck in the past.
"A white vet 's image floats
Closer to me, then his pale eyes
Look through mine. I 'm a window". (Komunyakaa 25-27)
"A woman 's trying to erase names:
No, she 's brushing a boy 's hair". (Komunyakaa

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