Gregory, by Panos Ioannides

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There are many meanings inside stories; “Gregory” by Panos Ioannides is a heart-wrenching short story that follows the protagonist through the execution of his friend. E.M. Forster explains a want to keep friendships strong even at the expense of one’s relation to one’s country. The main character in “Gregory”' has multiple thoughts showing a tie to what Foster explained, as well as the internal fight that happens when one has two forces pulling at one. The Narrator wants to follow his gut and skirt tragedy, but in the end he wants to save himself from his superiors. “Gregory” concerns the Narrator’s dealings with a prisoner of war named Gregory. In the beginning of the story Gregory has a gun pointed at him, which is…show more content…
The thought had to come at exactly the wrong time and spoiled all my disposition to do my duty” (400). The Narrator feels as though he has a particular duty to his side’s cause. However, he is finding it difficult because he does not find Gregory to be a horrible person; instead the Narrator finds Gregory to be a friend, someone who would do a great deal for the Narrator such as cook and sew. Gregory even saved the life of the Narrator when a scorpion was crawling up his leg, he proceeded to thank Gregory and even “Thank God who made you…” (401). Despite the fact that the Narrator considers Gregory a friend, when it came time to execute Gregory he decides, “It’s either your skin or his” (401). Torn and uncertain, the Narrator even allows Gregory to be on his own to try and get him to escape. However, when that backfired and Gregory came back the Narrator felt he had no choice but to accomplish his task. When the story finally gets to the execution and the Narrator is still hesitant he starts blaming Gregory for not escaping when he had the opportunity. Now Mr. Gregory, you are going to pay for your stupidities wholesale. Because you didn’t escape the day the sentry fell asleep, because you didn’t escape yesterday when we sent you all alone to the laundry – we did it on purpose, you idiot! ... So now don’t complain. It’s all your fault, nitwit. (402) Even after the Narrator fires the

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