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In The Lake Of The Woods

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John Wade is not evil, rather a man who wanted to be loved, who needed to be loved. A man who was always struggling against the odds, and was doing his best to survive in a harsh reality. The world and fate had not been kind to him and he suffered as a result of this. A strong sense on loneliness, insecurity and despair rose up inside John Wade. He tried to push it down, to suffocate it and bury it deep inside his mind but it just rose up inside of him like an erupting volcano of rage.John wanted to be loved more than anything else in the world. He needed the love which the world had cruelly denied him since his very early childhood. He would go to almost any extent to be loved including ...view middle of the document...

They were being bottled up inside him and eating him from the inside just waiting to be let out.He cannot be possible put to blame for his actions, rather it was fate that john wade became what he was. No matter how hard he tried, the cards seemed to be stacked against him. John Wade was no monster, simply a soul which had lost its way. He was a man stuck in the slime and who could not help himself. "The slime was waist-deep. He couldn't move. The trick then was to stay sane" (p.36) He had been sucked so far into the slime that he could not move and had no way out except down. John Wade had learnt that "the world had its own sneaky little tricks" (p.251) John Wade was a victim of his upbringing and his war neurosis. A man who sadly was incapable of making moral decisions and must be excused on insanity. Just like a mental patient cannot be convicted of murder, John wade cannot be convicted of evil. "˜The intent was never evil. Deceit, maybe, but the intent was purely virtuous'.Vietnam was horror, a place that was tormenting, traumatic, full of madness and moral dissolution. No man could witness and be apart of these acts and still be perfectly sane without dealing with the atrocities some way or another. John Wade dealt with them by taking a new personalty as the Sorcerer, which gave him a sense of power and acceptance. Apart of him from that moment on...

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