Media and culture are interrelated, which shapes what is culturally relevant. War films reflect a culture’s view on war as well as the viability of a culture’s mythology of war. Grounded in the concepts of war myth and genre, this thesis takes the stance that the Iraq and Afghanistan War film genre transforms the image of the American warrior. Iraq and Afghanistan War films, specifically The Hurt Locker, Green Zone, Lone Survivor, and American Sniper illuminate the destructive reality of war and the humanness of the warrior hero. They reaffirm the warrior’s heroism and sacrifice while also acknowledging war as damaging to the warrior’s psyches, hearts, minds, and bodies.
|Commitee:||Asenas, Jennifer, Heyse, Amy L.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, Mass communications, Military studies, Film studies|
|Keywords:||Afghanistan war, Iraq war, Mass media, War films, War mythology, War rhetoric|
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