“Talzani, Mark and Joaquin All Play a Role in the Death of Others. Discuss the Extent to Which Characters in the Text Suffer from These Choices. Essay
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Triage- Scott Anderson
“Talzani, Mark and Joaquin all play a role in the death of others. Discuss the extent to which characters in the text suffer from these choices.
In Scott Anderson’s novel ‘Triage’ it becomes evident that Talzani, Mark and Joaquin each play a role in the death of others. The extent to which each of these characters suffers as a result of their choices differs, as do their justifications. Talzani has a firm belief that “some live, some die, that’s all” and appears to be relatively unaffected by the deaths he is responsible for. Joaquin, much like Talzani, seems to also be fairly candid about the deaths he was liable for, except when it comes to his granddaughter Elena. Mark on the other hand becomes so psychologically disturbed about his part in the death of his best friend and is so overcome with guilt that his legs fail to work.
“There is no pattern to who lives or dies in war”. The author uses the character of Dr Talzani as a representation of someone who can be responsible for people’s deaths and remain unaffected by it. Talzani has a concrete belief that all death in war is random, that to justify this “…we invent all kinds of explanations and superstitions for why things happen”. Talzani admits to Mark duringhis time at the Harir cave that he has no system to the red, yellow and blue tags he sues to determine the fate of his patients, that it is all about “…simple math, maths and luck”. Despite the fact that Talzani could be personally responsible for six deaths in a day, he goes home at night and sleeps peacefully. The decisions he makes during the day don’t keep him up at night, His faith in fate leaves him unscathed, it allows him to move forward, to come back and save people the next day. Npt everyone can be saved, not everyone can be healed. People must die to allow others to be saved, Talzani knew this and he believed