patients depend on him for care and guidance,
nurturing is viewed as a feminine trait
shifting gender roles, Dr. Rivers remains a strong parental figure to his patients.
mirrors the relationship many of the officers have with their men
memories of the war shape the characters’ lives in disturbing and unexpected ways.
communicate the traumatic nature of combat
flashbacks of mangled corpse
ability to remain safely in Craiglockhart
Prior cannot escape his memories of the war;
emphasizes the power of the intrusive past with her language, comparing mundane noises to machine-gun fire, shelling, and explosions.
no longer able to function in civilian society
haunted by flashbacks and memories of the front
Even ostensibly sane men like Sassoon
simply a sane man’s reaction to the insanity of war.
whether shell-shock is truly a mental illness