Gregory is a 1st person narrative of a soldier’s experience during a time of war and his development of Stockholm Syndrome with a hostage named Gregory. As they spend time together they become good friends and create a bond during this dark time. Suddenly there is an order given to the protagonist to execute Gregory, and he must now choose between following the order or doing what he thinks is right. Panos Ioannides uses a 1st person point of view effectively to portray that we should stick with our own decisions and face the consequences, instead of letting other parties take control of our lives. By examining Ioannides’ use of 1st person writing, readers are able to go through the emotion and stress experienced by the protagonist that Ioannides uses to convey the theme. This is evident in how Ioannides ends the story. The story ends on page () with the single sentence paragraph, “They didn’t care to know what happened to that Gregory, alive or dead,” Ending on this dark note gets readers to feel a deep sympathy for the protagonist. He went through a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions of having to kill his friend and see him suffer for nothing. It didn’t matter if he had killed him or not. Because of the use of the 1st person perspective in the dialogue during the execution, readers can relate to themselves having to make decisions that weren’t theirs, but were pressured into doing it, and later regretting it. In conclusion, Gregory is a story about being in charge of your own life. Through the connection between the reader and protagonist created by Ioannides’ 1st person perspective writing, readers are able to relate to the situation, and feel a deep compassion for the protagonist.
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