Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Brothers, Part 5

Faramir’s view is of winning very different. To him, how one achieves the goal is just as important, perhaps even more important, than the goal itself. Dickerson writes in Following Gandalf that,
“he would rather suffer military defeat than do evil to gain a military victory” (p. 78)
Faramir tells Frodo in the Two Towers,
“I would not take this thing, if it lay by the highway. Not if Minas Tirith were falling in ruin and I alone could save her, so, using the weapon of the Dark Lord for her good and glory. No, I do not wish for such triumphs” (p. 314)
We see this willingness to do the right thing regardless of the consequences when his father confronts him on his choice to let the Ring go. His father tells him,
“Ever your desire is to appear lordly and generous as a king of old, gracious, gentle,That may be well in times of peace, but in desperate hours gentleness may be repaid with death” (Return of the King p.86).
Faramir’s answer is simple, yet powerful: “So be it.”

While Boromir is willing to break some rules to get a military advantage, his younger brother is not.

Written by Becky Brasby

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