Naked Citadel Analysis

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The world can be an amazing place. With its wonders, anyone can be captivated by its brilliance. However, the world also has unrealistic expectations of gender roles. These expectations can cause a person to develop numerous insecurities. Thus, an individual may desire a haven where he or she may truly be able to express him or herself. One psychologist, Leslie Bell, explored the concept of splitting, in her Selections from Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom, where an individual consciously attempts to break out of his or her identity in response to contradictory desires, such as the paradox that women face towards their own sexual freedom. Contrastingly, another psychologist, Martha Stout, analyzed a different …show more content…
This would gives a victim the opportunity to unconsciously escape any pain that may trigger his or her trauma. Additionally, these coping mechanisms were realized in “The Naked Citadel,” by Susan Faludi, who depictsed a military college, The Citadel, and the overall experience of the how the cadets are were mentally broken down and molded into the Citadel’s ideal standard of masculinity. This crude and harsh environment makesde the cadets seek a change in their own identities to cope with the harsh reality of the gender expectations from the world. Hence, the psychological mechanisms, splitting and dissociation, offers the cadets a type of emotional freedom that they can could not experience otherwise. This freedom allows the mental state of the cadets to truly let go and embrace their inner desires by not succumbing to the world’s expectations of masculinity, even in an intense …show more content…
In the case of trauma victims, they find safety in their minds because they can unconsciously dissociate from reality. This phenomenon allows a victim of trauma to escape any pain that may trigger their trauma. One of Stout’s patients, Seth, canould acutely describe the feeling of safety in an ocean while the rest of the world and reality is seemingly out of reach on a distant island. In Seth’s situation, he describesd how “The abyss part, with the sharks and all, that’s frightening. But most of my life it was no more frightening that the things that were on the beach, no more frightening than reality...so floating in the ocean was really the best place…” (Stout 435). This safe place allowsed Seth to escape any pain that may be triggered from his trauma. By delving into his subconscious, Seth canould escape from reality and protect himself. Therefore, dissociation gives an individual the opportunity to not experience any of the demands and expectations of the world. Instead, it offers the confines of an individual’s mind as a safe place to escape pain. Even the cadets in the Citadel are were involved in situations where they are were exposed to brutal beatings because “...in a time when extreme insecurity and confusion about masculinity standing run rampant, the Corps of Cadets once again seeks to obscure a domestic male paradise with an intensifying of

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