Does the Individual Really Make a Difference Essay

763 Words Jan 27th, 2013 4 Pages
In the book Ten Questions, Charon argues that there are crucial variables that limit the impact that an individual can have throughout the course of one’s life. In the movie “From Here to Eternity,” the characters in the movie are perfect examples of an individual influencing one’s life. Charon gives us four levels of evaluation to see if the individual can make a difference in: their own lives, the lives of those with whom they interact with, various organizations which they belong to, and in society. “From Here to Eternity,” shows us many characters that may have had a difference on each other. The main character from which the story follows is a man named Robert E. Lee Prewitt who demands an Army transfer and ends up at Schofield in …show more content…
Alma and Prewitt fall in the love in the movie and throughout the film, we know that Alma someday wants to go back to the states to take care of her mother by building her a house and joining the country club. Alma never fulfills this wish of hers until her lover, Prewitt is killed. We can say that it was Prewitt’s death that influenced her to go back to the states because earlier in the film he asks her to marry him and she refuses, however, in the end of the film, Alma is on the boat headed back to the mainland and we hear here call Prewitt her fiancé. Charon’s third level of evaluation can be seen through the Prewitt’s refusal to not box. Because he turns down the Captains offer for him to box for the company, Captain Holmes decides to make Prewitt’s stay in the army a living hell by making fun of him, making him do kitchen duty, as well as Holmes’ subordinates making him work harder. All of this leads up to Prewitt and one of his sergeants getting into a fight in which Captain Holmes decides to watch instead of stopping. Other Captains see this action and in result get Holmes fired which in result brings in a new Captain who decides to change things around in the Army base. One of the major decisions he makes is cancelling the boxing tournament after the death of Prewitt in the end of the film. So in a way, the refusal to not box for

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