The Long Goodbye Analysis

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The question I will be discussing is how does the post-war trauma in addition to cold war hostility affect the character’s behaviours in the novel The Long Goodbye?

In Ron Langer’s article “Combat Trauma, Memory, and the World War II Veteran” defines PTSD along with the historical synonyms of the psychological disorder. It also outlines the common symptoms, which include “intrusive recollection” and “avoidance/numbing” (Langer, Combat Trauma, Memory, and the World War II Veteran, p. 51). The article also goes into detail about when there are visible symptoms of PTSD in veterans. Along with how combat-related trauma can negatively impact personal well-being making the individual feel hopeless. These traumatic memories can affect all five senses very vividly and may leave an imprint on the veteran's life post-war. However, the memories vividness does not confirm it’s accuracy. Language and meaning of the veterans memories can possibly be awry given the circumstances they were facing during the war. Langer’s article is reliable, because of
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Cook, Richard Thompson, Kevin Riley, and Yuval Neria; discuss the prevalence of violent behaviour and emotional detachment on relationships. The group’s findings were using the data collected from the former prisoner’s of war and observing a correlation between the prevalence of PTSD and depression, with a greater level of aggression. The group also discusses how high levels of depressive symptoms contribute to stronger symptoms of verbal and physical aggression and PTSD. All co-authors are professionals in their department and each has done numerous other papers, this article is also peer reviewed. This information about the correlation between violence and psychological disorders will help myself understand the behaviours of the characters in The Long