Saving Lives in "Traveling through the Dark" by William Stafford

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Saving Lives

The most wonderful thing in the world is being able to save the life of another. Some people have this chance and some people do not. The people that have not had the chance might have never been in a situation to save a person's or thing's life. Some people might have been in a situation to have saved someone or something and not chosen to act on it. The situation can be unnoticeable and you would have to think about it and observe the details. The poem "Traveling through the Dark" by William Stafford is about making the right decisions and saving lives.

In this poem, the speaker will tell us the story of how he made the correct decision and saved the life of many people. "Traveling through the dark I found a deer
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I dragged her off;" (Stafford 5-8). Once the speaker stopped the car he went and observed how dangerous the situation was. The speaker decided to drag the doe into the river so no one would swerve to miss the deer and become injured. "She was large in the belly. My fingers touching her side brought me the reason--her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting, alive, never to be born. Beside that mountain road I hesitated" (Stafford 8-12). Once the speaker touched the belly of the doe he realized that she was pregnant. The side of the doe was still warm so that meant her fawn was still alive. The speaker then had to think about throwing the doe into the river, because he did not want to kill her fawn. "I thought hard for us all--my only swerving--, then pushed her over the edge into the river" (Strafford 17-18). The speaker tried to think of another way to keep the deer out of the road and save her fawn but he could not figure out a better way for everyone. As the thoughts ran through his mind, he pushed the doe into the river. The speaker decided to sacrifice the doe's fawn in order to save more peoples' lives.

The speaker of the poem is a man traveling down the road at night. The speaker is not just speaking to a certain group; he is speaking to all mankind. The speaker is in a situation where he has to make a decision. He is telling us his thoughts and what he thinks would be the right choice. The
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