Reconstructing an integrated self from a shattered life: An exploration of the experience of African Americans’ with war-induced post-traumatic stress disorder in Toni Morrison’s Sula and Home
KOUASSI Selay Marius
Toni Morrison’s Sula and Home offer ground to discuss topics such as the healing of post-war trauma and the assistance provided to soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder while they raise questions about the provision of material and emotional support to war veterans in American society. From a psychoanalytical perspective based on the works of Judith Herman, and on the basis of close reading, this paper explores the challenges and the possibilities to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder in Sula and Home. This paper not only exposes, the obstacles African American veterans with chronic war-induced post-traumatic stress disorder face as they try to rebuild their shattered selves, but also sheds light on the tools these damaged veterans resort to, in order to reconcile with their traumatic memories and come to terms with the haunting presence in their lives.