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Vietnam war literature: reflections of the sustained tension between politics, history, morality and the effect of war on human nature.

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dc.contributor.author Melissakis, Catherine-Jeanette
dc.date.accessioned 2007-10-01T13:22:29Z
dc.date.available 2007-10-01T13:22:29Z
dc.date.issued 2007-10-01T13:22:29Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/26
dc.description.abstract Vietnam War literature is a reflection of a sustained tension between politics and history on the one hand and morality and the effect of the war on human nature on the other hand. Although the authors under discussion urge the reader to forget the political, moral and historical milieu of the Vietnam War, it is impossible to separate the war from those three factors and by extension, the literature that stems from it. I have chosen Philip Caputo’s A Rumor of War (1977) and Robert Mason’s Chickenhawk (1983) because I think they represent, perhaps in the simplest and least obtrusive way, the voices of 55 000 men whose names appear on a black, granite wall in Washington. The authors chose to write their respective memoirs for the Everyman who died in, or lived through, the aberration that was Vietnam. Through their reconstruction of the war and their experiences, they keep the demand for recognition of those who fought (whether morally sanctioned or not) in Vietnam for their country. While American society tried to force the war from its psyche because so many of them thought it was unjust, immoral and unnecessary, authors like Caputo and Mason demanded that the nation examine itself on the whole and reconsider its political endeavours. But perhaps one of the starkest revelations is their portrayal of the corruption of innocence, loyalty and idealism of those soldiers who represented their country abroad. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Robert Mason en
dc.subject Rumour of war en
dc.subject Philip Caputo en
dc.subject Vietnam War 1961--1975 en
dc.subject Chickenhawk en
dc.title Vietnam war literature: reflections of the sustained tension between politics, history, morality and the effect of war on human nature. en
dc.type Thesis en


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