Cremation of Sam Mcgee

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Brady Wells ENG 3U Mrs. Hart March 3, 2013 The narrator of “Cremation of Sam McGee” reflects on the constancy of core values even in the face of extreme hardship shown through the structure, the twist in the story, and how far a friend will go to fulfill a dying mans wish. Cap is always talking about the cold and how he doesn’t like it up in the Yukon, but he keeps going to help his friend. An example of Cap showing that he doesn’t ant to be there is when he says “In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed the load” Cap is saying that in the days after Sam’s death as he is going around looking for a place to cremate Sam, he is hating the promise he made and wishing he didn’t make it. When Cap says this he is showing that he regrets the promise that he made but he is going to keep it because he gave Sam his word. By Cap keeping his word like this he is proving that he stays true to his core values even in the face of hardship. After Sam’s death almost every stanza has a piece of it where Cap is talking about how he regrets his decision and wishes that he didn’t have to keep it. When Cap goes to say, “The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in” he is saying that although he does regret his promise he will do anything to keep it. When Cap shows time after time that he is willing to keep his word no matter what it just goes to show what a real friend will do to keep a dying mans wish. The narrator stays calm and collected enough to keep the wish of his dead friends final wish of being cremated. An example of this is when Cap says “ Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code,” he is saying that since he made a promise with Sam he now has an unpaid debt and needs to make sure that he pays back his debt. When Cap says this he is showing that even though he really doesn’t
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