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Author’s Last Name 1 [Author’s Name] [Professor’s Name] [Course title] [Date] The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian and one from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Actions are by their very nature temporary and perishing; and where they proceed not from some cause in the characters and disposition of the person, who performed them, they infix not themselves upon him, and can neither redound to his honor, if good, nor infamy, if evil. The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian depicts that action itself may be blamable; it may be contrary to all the rules of morality and religion: But the person is not responsible for it; and as it proceeded from nothing in him, that is durable or constant, and leaves nothing of that nature behind it, 'tis impossible he can, upon its account, become the object of punishment or vengeance. In this well-written novel The Buffalo Soldier, Bhojalian expressed the vague but compelling thought that however badly someone acts; we cannot blame him unless the bad act somehow “proceeded from” his child character. Although the writing in the passage is characteristically loose, we may reasonably take Bhojalian to have meant, first, that no act can render a main character blameworthy unless it originated in some vice or defect in the character of Terry Sheldon —Bhojalian added a bit later that “actions render a person criminal, merely as they are proofs of criminal passions or principles in the mind”—and, second, that the respect in which the Terry’s character is defective must match the respect in which his act is bad. As so interpreted, Bhojalian was saying that we cannot blame someone for lying unless he is in some
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