Jerry made a conscious choice of wanting to end his life, while Peter, a man that chose to act as the “guinea pig” and stayed and listened to Jerry’s story, made a conscious choice of picking up same knife that killed Jerry. Although it was Peter who held the knife that killed Jerry, it was Jerry who took the responsibility to - despite great effort and pain – “wipe the knife handle clean of fingerprints” to allow no trace of the murderer. However, although Peter escaped without responsibility, he had to deal with the guilt that it was him who held the weapon that ended the life of Jerry. Peter had to face the rest of his life being aware of how others lived, and how one can feel so indifferent to the world yet live in the very same part of the city.
Both Peter and Jerry had to accept that the world they lived in was a hostile universe. Peter led his life playing by the rules while Jerry decided to accept the cruelties of life the way they were. Peter found that to live in this hostile world, it was better to conform with society and, as Jerry accused him, “make sense out of things and bring order.” Both the men’s acceptance, however, led to the isolation of the individual, where Jerry felt alone not by choice, while... [continues]
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