ch. 7-8 - what the Lieutenant firmly believes He hates the...

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Chapter 7-8 “Clevinger had a mind, and Lieutenant Scheisskopf had noticed that people with minds tended to get pretty smart at times. Such men were dangerous, and even the new cadet officers whom Clevinger had helped into office were eager to give damning testimony against him. The case against Clevinger was open and shut. The only thing missing was something to charge him with.” (p.71) In this passage the threat of free thinkers hurts the standing of the military and authority to pressure men into complacency and doing what the military desires. From marching in parades to flying dangerous bombing missions, if a soldier were allowed to question his orders the hesitation and chaos would disrupt the effectiveness of an army in no time. At least this is
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Unformatted text preview: what the Lieutenant firmly believes. He hates the idea of a free thinker so much that he is willing to nail him to the wall in order to stop the growth of free thinking and questioning. He knows that his superior rank will easily let him reprimand Clevinger, because of the powers found in the chain of command and the lack of authority reason and logic has in the system. It seems really interesting how guilt can be determined even before the charges can be created, and how corrupted and abused the system can be. If your superior officer doesn’t like you then you can be put up on chargers at a whim, and all the evidence needed can be found in the testimony of a few select others....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 1105 taught by Professor Skholloway during the Fall '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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