I propose that O'Brien and Klay present an alternative to plot structure as a means of presenting the experience of the combat soldier in war literature. If we are to embrace the belief that war’s inherent confusion, anxiety, and resistance to coherent storytelling makes a construction of narrative through the traditional modes of plot unsatisfying, then what do O'Brien and Klay present as an alternative? What we see in both works is a development of character as a means to tell the story of war. Because of the distinctive qualities of military culture, which inculcates its own ethical code of conduct that distinguishes its members from the civilian public by a peculiar relationship to the body politic, the cultivation of character within the context of combat provides a unique opportunity to develop narrative outside the conventional constructs of plot.
|Author||Aaron S Mann|
|Advisor||Sandra M. Gustafson|
|Contributor||Barbara Green, Committee Member|
|Contributor||Sandra M. Gustafson, Committee Chair|
|Contributor||Jesse Costantino, Committee Member|
|Degree Level||Master's Thesis|
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