By what means is a young boy made a soldier? How does he become what Canetti terms a ‘stereometric figure’?1 How does body armour attain its final form, what are its functions, how does the ‘whole’ man who wears it function — and above all — what is the nature of his ego, what is its site (which I believe must be identifiable)? And finally, what is the nature of the soldier’s sexuality? What processes in the act of killing give him the pleasure he can apparently no longer find elsewhere?
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