TitleLife at war and the heroic illusions created to cope with war
NameAllen, Gaye L. (author), Drucker, Richard M (chair), Rutgers University, Camden Graduate School,
War in literature,
Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900--Criticism and interpretation,
O'Brien, Tim, 1946---Criticism and interpretation,
Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900--Red Badge of Courage,
O'Brien, Tim, 1946---Going after Cacciato
DescriptionThis thesis will examine the fictional war novels, The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane and Going after Cacciato by Tim O‘Brien. It will examine the heroic illusions created by soldiers on the frontline as psychological coping mechanisms as a means to escape the realities of war. It will also examine how Stephen Crane and Tim O‘Brien create protagonists and characters that struggle to understand the conflicts within themselves as consequences of their developing point of view toward themselves, their war comrades, and their society‘s values and how each of these writers through observing battlefield experience comes to question the meaning of war and its effects. Stephen Crane and Tim O‘Brien investigate the moral and cultural values of their respective societies. Crane portrays the Victorian era O‘Brien examines1960‘s America. Each novel asks us to view their war with both irony and sympathy.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Gaye L. Allen
CollectionCamden Graduate School Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.