Ambush and Style
Sometimes you have to stray from the truth to protect the mental stability of someone younger. In Ambush, Kathleen, who was nine at the time, asked her dad if he had ever killed someone. This was a very touchy subject for Tim. He did not want to tell his nine-year-old daughter that he had killed someone because he did not know what her reaction would be, or what she would think of him after. After hearing the story of the young man Tim killed, I would not have wanted to hear it a nine-years-old either. Finally, near the middle of the first page he made the decision to not tell her because he didn’t want to risk scaring her for the rest of her life. After telling her no, he immediately regretted it because he didn’t want to lie to her, but wanted to give her an explanation for why he kept writing war stories.
This exact moment happened to me with my cousin’s new husband, Gavin. Gavin has been apart of the marines for the past 8 years and has to keep a lot of things classified because he swore on it when he joined the marines. About 5 years ago, my cousin Madison brought him to Christmas after they got engaged in November. I was 9 years old about to turn ten in February, and I was so excited to meet him for the first time. I was a curious little 9-year-old, and when we first met I asked him so many questions. The first question I asked him was where he went to college. His answer was, “I haven’t gone to college yet because I am apart of the Marines.” Right when he said that, I thought of the game Call of Duty that my brother played all the time and the question slipped out. I asked, “Since you are apart of the marines, have you killed anyone before?” Right when I said this I could tell he felt awkward. He made a few quick glances around the room looking into my parents eyes who gave him a like “don’t tell her” signal, and then he immediately responded “of course not.” When he said that I could tell that he wasn’t telling the truth. Later that night I asked my parents if he was lying or not and they told me that I shouldn’t ask him those questions anymore. Christmas went on and a few years went by and I later found out that he had killed someone before, and that it was part of his job. When I found out I asked my parents why they wouldn’t tell me a few years ago and the said it was to keep my mind innocent and that I wasn’t ready at the time to hear something like that. I guess they were right, but I wish they had told me earlier just like Kathleen probably would have wished, if she knew that her answer to why her dad continued writing war stories was right.
The chapter Style reminds me of the scene in Avatar when Dr. Grace Augustine, after getting hurt, is lying at the Tree of souls with her actual body and her avatar body. In this scene every avatar is singing dancing and praying for her to be able to come back to life in her avatar form with all of her memories and everything. This relates to the chapter Style because in this chapter, Tim and friends enter an ambush sight and see a dark haired girl with brown skin dancing around the destroyed grounds. They are very confused on why she is dancing till they realize that her whole family was killed except for her. Azar, said that the dance was probably a dance ritual for her family. The word ritual immediately put the avatar scene in my mind because the scenes are so different context and picture wise, but yet so similar in the fact that the girl is doing that dance as a ritual for her family and that the people of avatar are doing a dance as a ritual so Dr. Augustine can come back to life after being killed.