Ghosts of War Essay Moral Compass

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Results From A Moral Compass Ryan Smithson, an average teenage kid living in East Greenbush, New York , attending Columbia High School. Ryan was your average teenage, punk not understanding life until the day his moral compass sets in. The conversation on page 5 shows the first time Ryan heard about 9/11. “ A plane crashed into the World Trade Center” “What?”, says Ryan That sucks”, then the conversation picking back up and we talked about sex or drugs something equally as interesting. This textual evidence shows Ryan as the average teenager, this quote should be remembered because of Ryan’s life changed unbelievably due to the attacks. Ryan, in History class watched the attacks “ You guys are living history.” (pg. 6) , said the…show more content…
Ryan feels he “betrayed Jim. Now he is dead, and I’m not entitled to tears.” (pg. 219), he feels it’s responsibility to “fight for each other”, leaving Ryan feelings of not doing his job. Textual evidence of this feeling from Ryan are “ My eyes are blurry, and I choke on my own tears. I feel the as if I’m trapped in rubble, and the weight of James H. Conklin’s last good-bye is overwhelming. I shed tears I don’t deserve to shed. I’m not entitled to tears, but they come nonetheless. They are not quiet, respectful funeral tears. They are tears for a fellow soldier, a brother I barely knew, and I sob like a baby. - I have lost nothing in Jim Conklin’s death but in a way I have lost everything. The tears for injustice, for impurity, for virtue, for love, for hate, for misunderstanding, for innocence, for guilt, for nothing, and for everything” (pg. 221). A reoccurring theme of this book “there is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole.” (pg. 307), was not truly understood by Ryan when the Sergeant said that until now. Textual support of Ryan figuring this quote out is “Without faith God is nothing, Allah is nothing, Buddha is nothing.” (pg.307). If you are in fear faith will pull you through, but you must have faith all the time for God, Allah, or Buddha to be there. “When the war is over, I’m sitting at home one day, and I miss it. I miss the power, and I miss the vulnerability. I miss the innocence, and I miss the guilt. I miss the death and I miss the

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