Red Convertible and 1919 Essay

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Coping with the memories of War Post-Traumatic Stress disorder also known as PTSD is an emotional illness which is caused by a traumatic experience in one’s own life that was frightening, life-threatening, or highly unsafe. Individuals who suffer from PTSD are very sensitive to normal life and cannot function how they once were. Combat Stress Reaction (CSR), more commonly known as “shell shock”, is a type of illness that World War I soldiers suffered. Shell shock is another kind of psychological illness that is almost like PTSD. However, its illness causes a soldier to decrease his fighting ability due to shock waves from artillery shells during the frontline battle. These psychological illnesses are more commonly known with war soldiers …show more content…
They were afraid of him and he kept himself distant from society. After a year, society came to accept his actions, due to his PTSD from being in the war. They knew he was crazy, but they also knew that he had no power. The other two methods that he coped with his memories were fishing, selling his fish, and drinking alcohol. He uses these coping mechanisms to relieve the pain of what he saw and experienced. His routine has always been the same. One can see that Shadrack was a hostile person. He relied on alcohol and waited out until National Suicide Day came. In Louise Erdrich’s “The Red Convertible” a Native American man by the name of Henry Junior was drafted into the Vietnam War. Before Henry left to fight in the Vietnam War, he and his younger brother, Lyman, have bought a red convertible car. They shared this car together and went everywhere with it before Henry left. The car was given to Lyman, but he felt that it wasn’t really his car even though Henry said it was. When Henry returned home, he was a different person. The effect of the war has brought Henry to be a quiet, but violent and hostile person. He kept distant from his society and especially his brother, Lyman. He sat in front of the television and said nothing. This was how Henry coped with his memories of war. His coping mechanisms was being distant from his surroundings, stared at the TV, did nothing, and most importantly he fixed up the red

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