All Quiet On The Western Front Ptsd Analysis

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“It is going badly with Albert. They have taken him and amputated his leg. The whole leg has been taken off from the thigh. Now he will hardly speak any more. Once he says he will shoot himself the first time he can get hold of his revolver again” (Remarque 213). Albert Kropp and the six other men from All Quiet on the Western Front, like many who have seen combat like that of World War 2, would have had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that occurs after a very traumatizing event, normally events including near death experiences or serious bodily injury. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imagining (MRI) scans have shown altered brain activity in the region of…show more content…
It affects 10% of women, most of which are victims of sexual assault, and 5% of men, commonly because of combat exposure, and it is often worse for those who have the least social support and for those who tend to be emotionally numb (Emery). Unfortunately, had he survived, Paul Baumer, the main character in All Quiet in the Western Front, would have been a perfect example of an individual with PTSD because he witnessed many of his friends suffer horrendous deaths and had lost his delicate relationship with his mother, sister, and father because of the war. Indeed it is often heard of that people who are returning home from the service, especially from places where there is hand-to-hand combat, have much trouble regaining their place in society when coming away from such horrors as…show more content…
Symptoms include extreme flashbacks of the event, recurring nightmares, and physical reactions to things that trigger memories of the event. For example, in chapter 7 of All Quiet on the Western Front, Paul hears a train, but in his mind its sounds like the screaming out shells being dropped at the front. It makes him feel as though he needs to run and hide, and so he begins to tremble. In addition, people with PTSD also have difficulty maintaining relationships and having interests in activities they used to enjoy. They tend to have depression and anxiety, and some turn to drug use. Some more severe reactions are aggressive outbursts, self destruction, often through alcoholism, and suicidal thoughts and actions. (Emery; Mayo). For instance, Albert Kropp, as mentioned beforehand, says he will commit suicide the first chance he gets (Remarque 213). This is because they have removed one of his legs and he does not see how he can live any longer without it. He feels utterly horrified from his experience in the hospital and the front, that it almost becomes too much for him to handle. Without Paul’s support, Albert would have most likely died by his own hand, instead of in

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