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The Ghost Soldiers
Transcript of The Ghost Soldiers
That's how I felt- like a civilian- and it made me sad" (185). "'Let it ride,' [Mitchell Sanders] said. 'The kid messed up bad, for sure, but you have to take into account how green he was. Brand new, remember? Thing is, he's doing a lot better now... Say what you want, but he kept Morty Phillips alive.'
'And that makes it okay?'" (188). "'People change. Situations change. I hate to say this, man, but you're out of touch. Jorgenson- he's with us now.'
'And I'm not?'
Sanders looked at me for a moment.
'No,' he said. 'I guess you're not'" (188).
"I felt something shift inside me. It was anger, partly, but it was also a sense of pure and total loss: I didn't fit anymore. They were soldiers, I wasn't... A funny thing, but I felt betrayed" (188). Isolation Revenge/Bitterness Jorgenson has taken O'Brien spot among his comrades and completely replaced O'Brien. O'Brien feels alienated from his comrades which relates to them being "ghost soldiers." "I'd turned mean inside. Even a little cruel at times. For all my education, all my fine liberal values, I now felt a deep coldness inside me, something dark and beyond reason. It's a hard thing to admit, even to myself, but I was capable of evil. I wanted to hurt Bobby Jorgenson the way he'd hurt me" (190-191).