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A New Look At An Old Saying All for one and one for all the well known statement said by the famous Three Musketeers has now acquired a new meaning For in that seven word phrase many might see the principles of unity loyalty and commitment On the other hand this strong unity loyalty and commitment can create enmity among different groups or individuals because being loyal to more than one group arises in itself disloyalty We see situations like this one happen in day to day life We see issues like this occur in literature as well In fact in the novel Snow In August by Peter Hamill the main character Michael Devlin and his friends use the same seven word phrase that the musketeers do in order to show their loyalty towards each other Because Michael Devlin is loyal to his friends as well as other peoples he faces much discomfort for he fears that being loyal to people other than his friends may turn his friends against him Like Michael Devlin I too have faced this idea of divided loyalty however I have not faced trouble because of it I have faced instances where my loyalty has been divided among different people In second grade at Bolton Center School I met Anthony Plenzio who had stayed back a year and was therefore older than I Because he was older everyone in the grade looked up to him including myself However I was one of the few lucky ones to become his friend He and I became very good friends during 2nd and 3rd grade We were in the same class both years and spent all of our time together playing football and causing far too much trouble He and I were in different classes from 4th grade until the end of 6th grade when I left Bolton Center School During these years we were still best of friends We
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