De-mythologising the Image of War Hero as Dominant Hegemonic Masculinity Constructed through ISAs, Covert Educational Institutions (With Special Reference to David Rabe's Sticks and Bones)

2016 Review of Social Studies  
This paper analyses how de-mythologising the image of the war hero as that of dominant hegemonic masculinity is staged in David Rabe's play, Sticks and Bones (1969). It takes into consideration Louis Althusser's views of ISAs (Ideological States Apparatuses) which act as covert educational institutions promulgating a theory of hegemonic masculinity as being reliant upon social discourses and gender construction. Hegemonic masculinity originates from the social and cultural settings and includes
more » ... ttings and includes defining characteristics such as chauvinism, violence, aggression, and mental and physical strength or toughness. Family, popular culture and media, as indirect educational organisations, create systems of ideas and values. The influence of these covert educational institutions is noteworthy in Sticks and Bones. In Sticks and Bones, male subjects are depicted as figures who are trained to act according to the dominant discourse and a set of masculine traits attributed to traditional macho male roles such as soldiering, going to war, and being aggressive, violent and dominant. These attempts are in vain and ineffective since the myth of American values concerning manliness is put into question or subverted in this play.
doi:10.21586/ross0000035 fatcat:kjggai6tanh3tjrrkuykwinpry