The analysis of the characters in A Horseman in the sky

The analysis of the characters in A Horseman in the sky

at if he asks you to do it, or you are ordered to by a superior force? Private Carter Druse faces an immense dilemma, deciding whether he should kill his


father or allow the Northern Army to be in jeopardy. Is duty more important than family blood? Carter Druse should not be condemned for killing his father; he should be praised for exhibiting courage by following his heart. It takes a strong-headed man to do what Carter Druse did. Most of the world would have chosen not to kill a member of his or her own family. What makes a man stoop so low and make such a horrid decision? Many different factors enter Carter’s mind as he decides his life’s most shattering decision. To Carter Druse his duty as a sentinel and scout is a vital factor in his decision. Carter felt a great devotion, loyalty and love for the Northern Army; a love so strong that he could not let his fellow soldiers and higher-ranking officers down. Carter’s father disowns Carter when he allows Carter to walk out of their house and join the ranks of the Union Army, when he himself was going to soon join to fight for the Confederate Army. Carter’s own father had earlier given him the order that would later take his life. He told Carter as Carter left that “Whatever may occur, do what you conceive to be your duty” (30). By these words Carter’s own father had made Carter’s decision, he put duty before blood. Carter’s bloodline is broken by this expression; he no longer carried the blood of his Southern-minded father. His mother was ill and did not have much time to live, so Carter had no family to return to. Carter had left a family that he knew he would never return to, and probably never see


again. Carter leaves at a pivotal point in his life, he was young and looking for adventure. He needs meaning in his life and the Federal Army would guarantee a challenging experience. Carter finds a new family, the federal Army - a family he would die and kill for. Carter is merely following the orders of his commanding officer and father. He does what he conceives to be his duty. Carter also has the burden of protecting the position and safety of his fellow soldiers. Only a small, scalable hill separates the Federal Army and Confederate Army, and Carter knows that he could not allow any Southern Rebel to get vital information about the position and plans of the Northern Army. If Carter let his father live, the South would have gained important information on the position and strength of the Northern Army, and the South could either prepare for the ensuing attack, or surprise attack the North Army before the North attacked them. To Carter his decision is justifiable because of duty and because of family. He lay in the grass with his father in the sights of his rifle, feeling faint from the stress and anxiety of making such a consequential decision. BANG! He fires and kills. Carter Druse justifies himself for the killing. His duty calls on him to fulfill the order given by h

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