Analysis Of Stassen 's Deogratias : A Tale Of Rwanda Essay

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The word “sympathy” is often used to mean one person’s response to the suffering of another individual. By giving our sympathy, it means we send our compassion and pity to the individual. However, we usually have certain considerations before we give our sympathy. Stassen’s Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda has made people argue whether to throw out their sympathy or not. Deogratias, a teenager who gets trapped in the middle of the genocide tragedy that happened in Rwanda, gets criticisms as the result of what he had done in the past. Skeptics blame him when he slaughtered many people—mostly Tutsi, but also some of the Hutu—in the genocide tragedy. They also criticize him for his not so well mannered attitude, which he showed in some parts of Stassen’s book. As the story continues, we realize that the genocide has affected individuals involved. Unfortunately, people tend to be judgmental. They only care for the victims and blame all the perpetrators for the massive killing. Deo, is one of the perpetrators, even though has many flaws and mistakes; but he has also done remarkable action, such as his rejection of discriminating the Tutsi. I believe that he has the reason behind his action, which was being pressured by Julius. Considering that he had no choice at that time and also had regretted his actions—which damage him emotionally and psychologically—Deo deserves to receive sympathy from people.

Even though Deogratias is considered as a sympathetic character, the way…

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