Please help me with a persuasive essay. I need some reasons and ideas to support this thesis statement below. I very very appreciate your helpsGoal: Read "A horseman in the sky," by Ambrose Bierce....

Please help me with a persuasive essay. I need some reasons and ideas to support this thesis statement below. I very very appreciate your helps

Goal: Read "A horseman in the sky," by Ambrose Bierce. Then write an essay using the following sentence as your thesis statement.

"A man's loyalty to his country is more important than his loyalty to his family."


the story http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415537070/data/section2/bierce-horseman.pdf

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A man's loyalty to his country is more important than his loyalty to his family is demonstrated in the story at three distinct points.  The first point is at the breakfast table in a well-to-do house when young Carter Druse expressed his intentions to join the nearby Union army.  This noble intention drew only a harsh rebuke from his father who called him a "traitor".  How difficult it must have been for Carter to face the wrath of his father and leave the house without telling his dying mother his mission.  The courage demonstrated at this point, with only a life of spoil demonstrates the moral character of Carter.

The second point in the story where Carter must again demonstrate courage is after he awakes and spies the horseman.  It is unclear if young Carter has known battle, but he has surely been exposed to the stories and demands of army life.  Sighting down his rifle he sees a man and Carter's conscience challenges him.  Should he fire?  It is not revealed to the reader at this point in the story, but Carter recognized his father as the mounted rider.  He is nearly overcome with emotion, but decides he must fire and does so.  This action, protecting his fellow soldiers, reveals the valiant courage of Carter.

The final point in the story is tied directly with the second.  Carter fires, but aims at his father's horse to spare his life.  At this point, Carter demonstrates courage of character and derives a solution in a desperate situation.  The solution saves his army and perhaps for only a night, saves his father.

The moral, valiant and courage of character demonstrated by Carter at these three points consistently demonstrate his ability to act on behalf of his country rather than his family.   

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