The Lasting Effects of Torture Essay

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The Lasting Effects of Torture “Anyone who has suffered torture never again will be at ease in the world.” Cited by Col. Hans U. Baer. A man who spend part of his life researching about torture and the way this remains constant in your mind. There is more than just cruelty behind the word torture. The post-traumatic effects and the psychological torture itself that a person might suffer are much worse than the physical effects a person might have suffered. In support of my thesis we can use the example of the book 1984 written by George Orwell in which we can see the many ways that the main character of the story, Winston, goes through a series of awful and numerous types of tortures which were designed to psychologically scare him in order to get him to do what they wish him to do or say; “The beatings grew less frequent, and became mainly a threat, a horror to which he could be sent back at any moment when his answers were unsatisfactory” (Orwell 199). This type of threatening torture evidently proves how the psychological effects that the torture Winston suffered caused a greater impact in Winston’s mind than the beatings itself. But, to truly understand the mental damages that psychological torture can cause in a person first we must understand its components. Torture may come in many forms from beatings to complete starvation but it can simply be defined as any “Psychological manipulation or physical pain” (Basoglu 1) that creates feelings of vulnerability. Moreover, now that we have the definition down we can understand a little about the history behind torture and how throughout the years physical torture developed in psychological torture as a more effective way. In the Military Medicine file written by Colonel Baer we can see that : “…In the 1970s, a far reaching change in torture methods took place; more subtle procedures, showing lee-apparent

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