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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Injustice of Killing Linden Lark

In the novel The Round House by Louise Erdrich, Joe's actions are not justified because Cappy is killed after participating in the killing of Linden Lark.  A little while after the death of Linden Lark, Joe, Cappy, Zack, and Angus are driving to Montana when they get in a fatal car accident: "I feared that Cappy had been flung in... The wind came up and blew my friends' cries away from me. The sounds I made, too, when I found Cappy, were taken into the boom of air" (Erdrich 316). Joe, who didn't actually kill Linden, survives the crash while the person who committed the actual murder, Cappy, dies. Joe fears for Cappy's life because it was not Cappy's problem to deal with. The sounds Joe makes when he finds his friend's body are a result of his guilt. If Joe had killed Lark instead of just injuring him, Joe would be dead because of the consequential theme of the book. There is a sense of karma that happens to the killer. Joe knows that since he had the intention of killing Lark, he was the one in the wrong. Cappy's immoral actions are due to his loyalty to his friend. Joe is not saddened solely because of the death of his friend, but also because Joe realizes his intention of murder are wrong and he feels guilty that Cappy carried out that intention.

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