This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Regeneration By Pat Barker Essay

2081 words - 8 pages

If we have to look at regeneration as healing and more specifically, the process of healing the mind, then it implies that the patient has a mentally unstable condition and has to be helped back to a normal stable mental condition. The definition of a normal stable mental condition in every human falls within the range of this person's ability to access situations rationally and objectively, parallel with a sense of responsibility and duty towards the fellow people, the law and the social standards of the place, time and condition of the society that this person is a part of. The reaction, behavior or response to a given situation should bring balance or maintain balance in the situation for the sake of being reliable in the protection of security measures and the advancement of the generally understood purpose.

When an individual is exposed to a crises situation that causes severe shock, it can lead to a mental state which produces often unintentional, involuntary disturbing behavior. This behavior is usually connected to the specific crises which caused the shock and when this person encounters similar situations, it produces this often irrational reaction.
Every individual differs in personality and character and all are differently affected by the same crises. Among a group of people, only one may collapse mentally in a given crises. This means that the healing process involves not only dealing with the nature of the crises, but also about why this specific crisis had this effect of shock on this individual.

In this novel the author deals with the First World War’s harsh unthinkable conditions in which the soldiers had to fight. Crises were a daily part of their lives. All war conditions are crises conditions, but in this novel the author relates the personal crises experiences of the individual soldiers in particular those who had a mental break down. In the ghastly condition of war in which it is almost normal to have nightmares and vomit regularly, only severe symptoms of breakdown where considered as needing treatment or for that matter 'regeneration'.

These devastated soldiers were transferred to a mental hospital where they received counseling by a professional psychiatrist and a safe environment in which to rest. Their symptoms were often of a psycho-somatic nature like being paralyzed, blind, mute or stammered. The doctor counseled them with gentle, patient wisdom until he understood them and helped them to understand themselves and their experience of the crises.

They were considered as recovered when their psycho-somatic symptoms disappeared and when they could function normally again. In this case they were sent back to the war zone to be the responsible citizens trained to do their duty fighting for the freedom of their country.

In contrast with this, is the particular case of Siegfried Sassoon, who was also transferred to the mental facility.
His case was not typical, because he was not suffering from a mental breakdown....

Find Another Essay On Regeneration by Pat Barker

Pat Barker Essay

1264 words - 5 pages The experiences and stories of Regeneration are greatly inspired by historical events, sociological influences, and the family history of the author, Pat Barker. Bringing real life poets and their experiences together with a fictional plot surrounding the Great War, Barker was able to produce a novel from an intriguing blend of fact and fiction, one that conveys several aspects of history and pieces them together with first hand knowledge from

To what extent do you feel that Sherriff and Barker’s different approaches to representing war in play and novel form, shape our responses?

680 words - 3 pages to use poetry creates authorial intrusion. By Barker choosing the Anthem for doomed youth as the poem Sassoon and Owen work on and her choosing what lines to change she could just be reflecting her own personal views instead of Owen or Sassoon. The same happens with Sherriff. He deliberately chose to use Alice in wonderland and he decided which part of it to use, this could be to reflect his own opinions. So it could be argued that using poetry doesn’t actually gives the soldiers Works Cited Regeneration, Pat Barker. Journey's End, R.C. Sherriff

Pat Barker's Regeneration

1090 words - 4 pages Pat Barker's Regeneration Pat Barker's Regeneration focuses on the troubled soldiers' mental status during World War One. Barker introduces the feelings soldiers had about the war and military's involvement with the war effort. While Regeneration mainly looks at the male perspective, Barker includes a small but important female presence. While Second Lieutenant Billy Prior breaks away from Craiglockhart War Hospital for an evening, he finds

“To what extent does language develop the theme of gender roles in Pat Barkers “Regeneration”?”

1308 words - 6 pages Pat Barker uses language effectively in the novel “Regeneration” to present gender roles and other themes within the novel. Her presentation of women, emasculation and men taking on more feminine roles are important for the theme of gender roles within the novel. She also uses language effectively to present themes of duty and father figures. There is a very small but important female presence in “Regeneration”. The first mention of women in

Regeneration and Journey’s End

1189 words - 5 pages when speaking for example “aven’t” instead of haven’t and “‘ad” instead of had. With Sarah and Ada Lumb the use of “Aye” at the start of ada’s sentence and Sarah calling her mum “mam” shows they are of a working class background. There is a theme of duty present throughout “Journey’s End” and “Regeneration”; and in both the characters feel their duty has changed by the end. In “Journey’s End” Works Cited Journey's End, R.C. Sheriff Regeneration, Pat Barker

Pat Barker's Regeneration

1603 words - 6 pages Pat Barker's Regeneration In her novel Regeneration, Pat Barker uses character development to emphasize the various themes in the novel. Pat Barker includes Robert Graves, a well known poet and writer, as a secondary character in a fictional setting. We are first introduced to Robert Graves on page five, where he meets with a very good friend Siegfried Sassoon in the lounge of the Exchange Hotel. During their conversation, they express

The Healing Power of Poetry

1656 words - 7 pages beginning of the book, Barker presents her theme of the power of writing. Poetry therapy is what these soldiers of WWI resorted to in order to find sanity and complacency within themselves. Siegfried Sassoon, in 1917, describes the cruelties of war in his letter "Finished with the War: A Soldier's Declaration," with which Pat Barker decides to begin her novel, Regeneration Sassoon writes, "I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of

The Depolarization and Realization of Rivers and Yealland

1364 words - 6 pages Chapter 22 in the novel Regeneration by Pat Barker is very significant to the development of the character Dr. W.H.R. Rivers, through the symbol of control throughout the book. In this chapter, Rivers returns to his home after witnessing Dr. Lewis Yealland’s horrific treatment of his patient Callan through the use of electrotherapy. Being displaced by the incident, Rivers finds it difficult to do any work because throughout the night

Pat Barker's Regeneration

1746 words - 7 pages In Pat Barker's novel Regeneration, there is little doubt that the cult of Oscar Wilde had taken hold already in the first decades of the twentieth century. In Oscar Wilde's Last Stand, Philip Hoarer informs us that by associating with Robert Ross, Wilfred Owen "was allying himself with the cult of Oscar Wilde: hero, mentor and martyr to an entire culture" (Hoarer 15). In some manner, the unraveling of this statement is what makes the references

A Comparison of the Techniques Employed in Portraying the Horror of War in Regeneration and Journey's End

2585 words - 10 pages A Comparison of the Techniques Employed in Portraying the Horror of War in Regeneration and Journey's End "I chose the First World War because it's come to stand in for other wars… It's come to stand for the pain of all wars." Pat Barker wrote "Regeneration" in the 1990's and R.C. Sherriff "Journey's End" in 1927, the quote is from Barker and illustrates the magnitude of the effect of the First World War, and

The Masculinity in Fatherless Men

2394 words - 10 pages by the methods of treatments, Rivers achieves positive results, which helps his patients to lead a normal life again. Ultimately, Barker's exploration of emasculation in the novel challenges traditional notions of manliness. Works Cited Barker, Pat. Regeneration. London: Penguin Books, 1991. Palahniuk, Chuck. Fight Club. New York: Norton and Company, 1996. Singleton, William. "Pacifica Graduate Institute." The Father Archetype and the Myth of the Fatherless Son 12 (2007): 135-145.

Similar Essays

Regeneration, By Pat Barker Essay

1037 words - 4 pages In Regeneration, by Pat Barker, one can discover how the protagonist as well as a psychiatrist of the novel, Rivers, uses the method, “talking cure” to treat the shell-shocked soldiers only so that they can return to the front. However, Rivers’ awareness of the treatment has an impact on him through the intimate relationship Rivers have with his typical patient, Sassoon. Through the novel, the awareness of the treatment affects Rivers’ belief on

Examine And Compare The Ways In Which Pat Barker In Regeneration And

1199 words - 5 pages Examine and compare the ways in which Pat Barker in Regeneration and Wilfred Owen in his poetry explore the nature of life in the trenches. Pat Barker and Wilfred Owen are both successful writers in delivering an insight into trench life from the perspective of a soldier, although in different ways. Owen, being a soldier himself, has had first hand experience of trench life and describes the pity of war, in that war is a waste of young

Comparing The Ways Michael Herr In Dispatches And Pat Barker In Regeneration Show The Effects Of War

4183 words - 17 pages Comparing the Ways Michael Herr in Dispatches and Pat Barker in Regeneration Show the Effects of War When comparing Michael Herr's 'Dispatches' and 'Regeneration' by Pat Barker the differences in format, style and setting are clear from the outset. However both books explore the horrifying effect of war on those directly and indirectly involved. The two authors attempt to take the reader away from objective, statistical

Compare And Contrast The Ways "Regeneration" By Pat Barker And "The Rights Of Desire" By Andre Brink Deal With The Theme Of Love

1173 words - 5 pages satisfying his desire would destroy the feeling of desire. This justifies the denial of Ruben when Tessa offers him her body. Ruben doesn't want to lose this feeling on which he has now built all his principles. Explaining why the last and resuming words of the novel are: "My desire is intact". In "Regeneration", the context and situation of the novel is in, presents love as a difficult feeling to be put forward, especially by men. Love comes in