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Essay On Doe

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Although the speaker’s decision might appear inhumane, the speaker made the right decision to push the dead pregnant doe off the road into the river because the speaker was ill prepared to perform a C-section on the doe, the speaker prevented the fawn from unnecessary suffering, and by sacrificing the unborn fawn, the speaker saved humans lives.

First, the speaker was not prepared to perform a C-section. The speaker did not expect to encounter a wounded or dead animal that night. He says, “traveling through the dark I found a deer / dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.” The word “found” suggests that this is a chance encounter. There is no evidence that the speaker was hunting, camping, or hiking, during which he would have a hunting knife or rifle, or even extra food. He was simply trying to drive through the canyon to get to his destination. In addition, even if he had a pocket knife, the dead does condition would have made it too difficult to do a C-section. The speaker notices, “She had stiffened already, almost cold.” The fact that the doe has stiffened
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It is likely the fawn has already suffered some brain damage. The speaker felt she had been “stiffened” for hours. Because the doe is in rigor mortis, it has been dead for at least 2 hours. This means that the baby was not able to get nutrients and oxygen to the brain, which can cause the fawn to have brain damage. If the fawn were to survive the C-section, the it would not be able to find shelter, keep itself warm, or feed itself to survive on its own. In addition, the speaker prevented the fawn from unnecessary suffering. The speaker states,”alive, still, never to be born./ beside that mountain road I hesitated.” He knows that the fawn will have no chance to survive. If he leaves the fawn in the doe, eventually everything will start to shut down slowly in the fawn's body, causing the fawn to become unconscious and die
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