My teacher says that in "The Fighting Ground" Jonathan fights a battle inside of himself. What does this mean?

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linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The battle that Jonathan fights within himself is whether to tell the Corporal where the Hessian soldiers are. When the three soldiers captured him, Jonathan discovered that they have another young boy with them whose parents have been murdered. Jonathan believes that the Hessians were the killers, but it confuses him when one of the soldiers buries them and says a prayer for them. The entire time he is with them, they treat him kindly, and not like a prisoner.

So when he is able to escape and get to the Americans, Jonathan is shocked to realize that the Corporal is the real killer of the boy's parents, claiming that they were Tory traitors. The Corporal wants Jonathan to lead him to the Hessians, but Jonathan fights a battle within himself. He had thought of the Hessians as the evil enemy, but they had treated him with kindness, and it was his own side that had committed a monstrous act of murder. Should he be loyal to his own people, or should he protect the "enemy"? That is Jonathan's war.