Book Analysis: Justifying The Actions Of Dorrigo Evans

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Justifying the actions of Dorrigo Evans is necessary if one is to understand his character. Because the novel essentially beings with and makes common reference to Evans’s affair with Amy and his unfaithfulness to Ella, some automatically perceive him as a “bad” human. However, if one were to thoroughly evaluate his actions, they might come to the conclusion that Evan’s is no different than any other human. At some point in our lives, desire has gotten the best of all of us. We know it is immoral to lie, but 60% of us can’t have a ten minute conversation without doing so (Benjamin, Kathy). We know it is immoral to steal, but ten million cases of doing so have been recorded in the last five years (Shoplifting Statistics). We know it is …show more content…
Evans follows through with this because of his sympathetic nature. He can not let this man die without trying to save him, and following through with the procedure, when no other options have presented themselves, is a symbol of his courage. Evans could have given up and refused the surgery after seeing the infected ulcer on the man’s leg, but after “all he could do not to vomit (238)”, he went on and made a remarkable effort. This says more about Evans’s nature than it does his ability. Even though the surgery did fail, his attempt was an internal war, like a puzzle. He took all the steps he could to try to spare Rainbow’s life, each move needing to be made directly after the previous. Evans was fighting against the campground, the heat, and the lack of supplies - but he did not give up. He is a determined …show more content…
Even though it has been years since their last encounter, he chooses not to speak to her because the possibility that the feeling she once had for him are no longer is too much of a threat. Indeed, it was not morally right for Evans to have this affair, but when this amount of time has passed, and the attachment has not left, then it can be justified. Evans is not a bad man because of feelings that overcame him; he is a lucky man to be able to have experienced a love so great. Although Ella was not treated fairly, you can not claim a man to be bad because of a desire that comes over him. He did not stray from Amy because he loved her, but he did lose attraction to Ella, and that is a force out of our

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