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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.

http://jerz.setonhill.edu/EL237/2009/08/hardy_the_man_he_killed/


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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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