A PERSONAL VIEW of WAR via The English Patient
(on Scribd.com), for a political studies course.APR 97. . . the bombs were dropped in Japan, so it feels like the end ofthe world. From now on I believe the personal will forever be at warwith the public. If we can rationalize this we can rationalize anything(292).I believe this quotation from The English Patient to be the key to the moraldoctrine of thoughtful, self-authority within Michael Ondaatje’s Novel. Thisdoctrine is revealed by a powerful and personal ‘moment’ brought about by animportant event in one way or another for all of the characters within thisnarrative. This ‘moment’ is the point at which we become aware of this ability wehave to rationalize anything. Kip’s ‘moment’ begins when he learns of the bombingof Japan:American, French, I don’t care. When you start bombing the brownraces of the world, you’re an Englishman (287).And Hana’s moment occurs while she sweats and toils over the bodies of thewounded:I know death now, David, I know all the smells, I know how to divertthem from agony. When to give the quick jolt of morphine in a majorvein. The saline solution. To make them empty their bowels beforethey die. Every damn general should have had my job. Every damngeneral. It should have been a prerequisite for any river crossing. Icould never believe in all those services they gave for the dead. Theirvulgar rhetoric. How dare they! How dare they talk like that about ahuman being dying (84).