In "Editha" what does George's mother mean by, "No you didn't expect him to get killed....... see the faces of?"Here is the full quote: "No, you didn't expect him to get killed," Mrs. Gearson...

In "Editha" what does George's mother mean by, "No you didn't expect him to get killed....... see the faces of?"

Here is the full quote:

"No, you didn't expect him to get killed," Mrs.
Gearson repeated, in a voice which was startlingly
like George's again. "You just expected him to kill
some one else, some of those foreigners, that weren't
there because they had any say about it, but because
they had to be there, poor wretches--conscripts, or
whatever they call 'em. You thought it would be all
right for my George, your George, to kill the sons of
those miserable mothers and the husbands of those
girls that you would never see the faces of."

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Editha’s mother is angry between Editha, the speaker, wanted George to go to war because she did not really understand what war meant. When George’s mother says, “When you sent him you didn't expect he would get killed" and “You thought it would be all right for my George, your George, to kill the sons of those miserable mothers and the husbands of those girls that you would never see the faces of” she is reminding Editha that war is real. The speaker is Editha, an “impressionable young woman” who gets her romanticized ideas of war from television.  She thinks that war is “glorious” (p. 1).  She wants her boyfriend George to enlist because she has a completely unrealistic view of war.  The she sees his name on a list of those who have been killed in a minor skirmish. Now war is real for Editha.  She lapses into the depths of grief.  She is selfish, and only sees her own tragedy.  Editha’s mother knows that war is real, and she blames Editha for the loss of her son.  This story demonstrates the consequences of romanticizing war.  Editha thinks of the war as a movie.  She does not see the reality that something bad can happen to George.

 

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