Even more experience “Posttraumatic stress disorder” after demobilization from war. It is an important and well-known topic in the postmodern society. It appears in an article called: “PTSD: National Center for PTSD” published by U.S. Department of Veterans Affaris that about 12-20% of people participating in war experience PTSD subsequent.
This essay wants to highlight the concept “posttraumatic stress disorder” and the appertaining consequences. Then, by making an analysis of “The Sentry” by Téa Obreht with focus on characterization and relationships, this paper will show that PTSD can affect mutual relationships.
This admiration appears trough the father and Kaiser’s relationship. The father and Kaiser both suffer from PTSD. Bojan becomes in the short story the dominant part in their relationship, as Kaiser acts submissive and scared by the sound of a gunshot – which is due to Kaiser’s PTSD, as he is reliving the disastrous experience.
Through this Bojan wants to feel in control and substitute his father’s authority and power – which conclude the above-mentioned theory about the father is a role model for Bojan in spite of his bad fatherhood. Kaiser is being referred to as “the big face” and “this behemoth” , which is metaphors that shows Bojan’s fear for Kaiser.
The most important symbol in the short story is Kaiser, as he represents the father. They are both violent, both die violent deaths and they experience the same PTSD. Especially for Bojan symbolizes Kaiser the father, as he wants his protection even though he is afraid of him.
All things considered, the short story “The Sentry” is a memory of a childhood in a high-class military family with a strict father. In the short story the illness “PTSD” is highly shown – and especially affecting their mutual relationships, which is expanded very badly.