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Sheila Goeken

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Thesis - University Access Only

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Master of Arts (MA)

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First Advisor

Charles Woodard


A range of attitudes exists within war literature, from the great epics celebrating the victories of war to the disillusioned novels attempting to re-create war's atrocities. Within this range lie the questions of right and wrong, truth and lies, justice and injustice. While these questions are not easily answered, the artist struggles with many variants to expose what he or she believes to be true. One of the many aspects which the artist attempts to deal with in the American war novel is the psychology of the individual soldier searching for answers, and for truth. Usually the protagonist is fighting much more than an "evil enemy"; he is fighting nature, society, and most of all, his conscience.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

War in literature
Individualism -- Fiction
War stories, American -- History and criticism



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