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Thomas Hardy: "The Man He Killed"

War is just such a primitive thing. It's kill or be killed. Even though as a civilization we've progressed so much, there are just sometimes where we can't find a better answer for things than to just kill some people.

The narrator seems very distant when talking about killing someone: "I shot him dead because-Because he was my foe" (page 372). I guess the guy had to tell himself something so he wouldn't go insane from guilt.


That was my interpretation of that stanza. There was no way for him to accept that he killed a man, except to muddle through his thoughts and accept his confusion.

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