Ran Posted December 13, 2021 Author Share Posted December 13, 2021 31 minutes ago, IFR said: Rand gets so carried away with trying to be the stoic whipping boy of the world that when he breaks it becomes highly destructive. He forgets to laugh and cry, nearly to the world's undoing. I think Jordan did a good job exploring a culture of trauma where there isn't an outlet for release, but it is all internalized. By going the "sensitive warrior" route, the writers are going to potentially undermine this. That's right! I had a vague recollection of this, and Linda (who's finished re-reading the series) reminded me of this aspect of things. It's a genuinely interesting contribution Lan's character makes to the story of the series, though obviously it goes in directions he didn't intend as Rand takes it too far. If Lan isn't a character who can convey that sort of maxim to Rand, and inadvertently convince Rand that he has to close his feelings without any kind of outlet or balance, then that's a change to a pretty deep dynamic. Also have to underscore that Jordan was a veteran, and a decorated one at that -- a Bronze Star with a "v" indicating it was due to valor in combat -- and I think one has to engage with his depiction of a soldier's mentality, post-traumtic stress, etc. through the lens of someone who had seen combat and had seen horrors (e.g. Jordan remarks of a photo of himself eating his rations while seated on a log beside several Vietcong corpses; it was just the most convenient place to sit, and he was unfazed by the bodies; or his remark on knowing he had killed a female Vietcong soldier in the course of a firefight.) So when people dismiss this sort of thing or just treat it as cliche or toxic, they're dismissing one man's very personal, very lived experience of combat and war and how one reacts to it and engages with it on a behavioral and moral level. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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