PTSD In Hurt Locker

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Ryan Ricci English 21-11 PTSD Period 1 War is inescapable. The United States just barely got out of Syria but they are always in another battle over seas. They always have troops overseas trying to keep peace. This constant war is persistently affecting our troops overseas with PTSD. These soldiers that come back home and cannot adjust to the “normal” lifestyle back home. They have become so adapt to the war that war has become the natural state. In War by Sebastian Junger the soldiers become so adapt to the Korengal Valley that they have troubles coming home. In the movie the “Hurt Locker” director by Kathryn Bigelow the main character goes through similar experiences that the people in the Korengal Valley…show more content…
These soldiers killed innocent civilians but these soldiers when they killed these innocent unarmed civilians were thinking in terms of war and not in terms of right or wrong. Like the characters in War and “Hurt Locker” the soldiers in My Lai became so adapt to war that war became the natural thought process. These soldiers thought that they were killing hundreds of Viet Cong that killed some of their own soldiers with mines but they were wrong. The soldiers forced these people into a ditch at the edge of their town and started to shoot all the people in the ditch. This is not something that normal civilians would do this is something that only a society that war has become its natural state would do. William Calley was a Lieutenant during the My Lai Massacre he believed that all the people in the village were Viet Cong. "I was ordered to go in there and destroy the enemy. That was my job that day. That was the mission I was given. I did not sit down and think in terms of men, women and children. They were all classified as the same, and that's the classification that we dealt with over there, just as the enemy. I felt then and I still do that I acted as I was directed, and I carried out the order that I was given and I do not feel wrong in doing so" (Calley). Calley in the moment was not thinking with his head he was thinking in terms of the military…show more content…
In the book War O’Byrne suffers from the Kornegal valley every day. He can barely function or do his day to day routines. Similarly in “Hurt Locker” William has trouble liking to do anything but war the only place where he can function is during war. During the My Lai Lieutenant Calley’s thought process was in terms of war. Thus the natural state of society is war. The world is never not fighting a war because people need war that is their natural
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