Ted Lavender was shot in his head on his way back from peeing. Lieutenant cross blamed himself because he was fantasizing about the girl instead of worrying about the safety of his men. I think this incident brought Jimmy the realization that”he loved Martha more then he loved his men” and realized she did not love him. Jimmy burnt her pictures and letters and decided to change the way he was running things. It took the death of one of the Lieutenants men for him to re-examine the importance of his love for Martha and realize he wasn’t focusing on what should have been his first priority the war and safety of his
It is possible as outlined in this story that he had a change of venue, an epiphany, in that his infatuation and love for a girl back home might be the culprit for his loss of focus in his duty as Lieutenant and that he held himself responsible for loss of lives. In doing so, he took drastic steps in incorporating change and removing the obstacles and focusing his energy on the survival of his troop. The drastic changes included, “Jimmy Cross crouched at the bottom of his foxhole and burned Martha’s letters. Then he burned the two photographs” (O’Brien
They chose to let Paul know the truth about his eyesight. This was an important choice because it was a choice to tell Paul the truth. It was to reverse one the first choices they have made together to hide information from Paul for his own good. By not initially telling Paul what happened to his eyes, it made Paul grow up hating himself. Boor shows this when he writes, “So you figured it would be better if I just hated myself” (265).
As soon as he found out that Lennie was being hunted down by the men on the ranch, especially Curley, he didn’t try to stop it or convince the men to re-think their actions. Once George told him of his plan to kill Lennie himself, Slim understood but he didn’t actually try to help them avoid the situation. He could have done so by encouraging them to run away and he could have given them some money to give them a head-start. I do agree to a great deal that Slim is a positive role-model for those around him. He possesses positive traits like believing in equality and trying to do the best by those around him.
Coping With Guilt at War In the novel The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, the soldiers take responsibility for the deaths of friends, and have to find ways to cope with their severe guilt. The Vietnam War puts a heavy burden on O’Brien and his fellow soldiers, especially since they are reluctantly drafted by the U.S. government. The soldiers are being forced to be in a war in which most of them do not believe, thus also being forced to take on these mental and physical responsibilities. The whole plat oon feels extreme guilt for for these seemingly unreasonable deaths of their fellow troops. Finding ways to cope with this guilt is remarkably difficult, particularly in such an intense war fought in a completely foreign country.
What Proctor means by this that no man would blacken his own name without having a reason for doing so. He would not say that he has committed a sin if it was not unfortunately true. Proctor obviously knows that his wife is innocent and that he is the one that has sinned. He is sacrificing his name and life for the innocence of his wife. He wants to save his wife, but he also does not want his named
Henry admits he didnâ€™t want to fall in love with her, but ince they <br>rarely argue. eath. He notices because of his love he has become gentle. <br>When he deserts and returns to Catherine he finds comfort, order, and courage. He says, <br>foreshadowing the end of their love, â€œIf people bring so much courage to this world the <br>world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them.â€.
He had loved Martha more than his men, and as consequence Lavender was now dead…” (O’Brien,1990). This epiphany drives Lieutenant Cross to think hard about his situation and make a key decision to focus more on the task at hand and less on his desires. His internal conflict is resolved with burning the pictures and letters of his former love interest. Even though he knows he cannot forget nor will it bring back his lost comrade, he presses forward to become the leader he was entrusted to be. While the conflict of individual vs. self is resolved in this story, the same conflict in “The Raven” is not so easily dismissed.
The reader may disagree with Cross’s conclusion that his fantasies about Martha leads to Lavender’s death. The text merely says that at the time that Lavender was shot, “Lieutenant Cross nodded and closed his eyes” while the other men cracked jokes. The crucial issue here, however, is not the physical realities of the circumstances surrounding one soldier’s death but its emotional implications. Cross sees the events in stark, black-and-white terms: Martha or his men. There is no room for compromise in the world he now inhabits.
This proves that he’s selfless and a caring guy because he didn’t want to let Christian die thinking that Roxane doesn’t love him. Plus he didn’t want Roxane to love him because he wrote the poems. He didn’t want to steal Roxane away from Christian and Christian away from