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4-28-2020

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This essay will focus on connecting the idea of a socially-created, experience-driven identity in relation to childhood trauma and war. Specifically, I hope to draw a connection between Wade's childhood trauma and his complete loss of former identity after returning home from war by considering the events that specifically led to the creation of an alter ego so strong that it eventually overtook John Wade altogether. I argue that Wade's childhood trauma led to escapist tendencies that, when combined with trauma following the Vietnam War and met with support from fellow soldiers, allowed Sorcerer "usurping alter ego," manifest into a perfectly real, functioning identity that was acknowledged and encouraged to exist by society. In making these connections, I hope to be able to draw attention to the role of community and society in the unintentional damaging of traumatized individuals'identities that can lead to the loss of oneself mentally and, in the worst cases, physically.

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Apr 28th, 12:00 AM

Sorcerer's Magic: Institutional Identity in Tim O'Brien's In the Lake of the Woods

This essay will focus on connecting the idea of a socially-created, experience-driven identity in relation to childhood trauma and war. Specifically, I hope to draw a connection between Wade's childhood trauma and his complete loss of former identity after returning home from war by considering the events that specifically led to the creation of an alter ego so strong that it eventually overtook John Wade altogether. I argue that Wade's childhood trauma led to escapist tendencies that, when combined with trauma following the Vietnam War and met with support from fellow soldiers, allowed Sorcerer "usurping alter ego," manifest into a perfectly real, functioning identity that was acknowledged and encouraged to exist by society. In making these connections, I hope to be able to draw attention to the role of community and society in the unintentional damaging of traumatized individuals'identities that can lead to the loss of oneself mentally and, in the worst cases, physically.