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The date is 1958 location CyprusThe air is filled with the aroma of gun-powder and bloodshed the grounds covered with bullet-shells and deceased bodies The on-going struggle for liberation from British domination continues for every cypriot living in Cyprus at around this time This story Gregory by Panos Ionnides is the direct result of Ionnides first-hand experience as a soldier during the war when he and a former cypriot Guerilla were guarding a british soldier The soldier was executed in restitution for a violent act played on by the British Also the late 1950s was a time of the well known stockholm syndome the phenomenon in which hostages and their keepers develop bonds despite their adversary positions This idea played a major role in Gregory and will be looked at in greater depth as I explore the true meaning of honor and how it played an equal role in this story At this time I pose the question what is honor Honor is the feeling or expression of admiration respect or esteem To whom did the Executioners honor belong To Headquarters To Gregory Well this changed not only in direction but also in intensity At first the Executioner mentioned his first experiences of killing the enemy-soldiers headquarters had handed down to him He described them as delicate assignments The first time he said he threw up The second he was ill for days the third drank a bottle of alcohol the fourth a few glasses of beer the 5th he joked about it and finally the sixth remorse for it was Gregory fe killed As you can see he was slowly desensitized to his job That is he comfortably adapted to it and as he eliminated each of the five soldiers before Gregory the intensity of his honor towards headquarters had increased We can assume this based on the fact that he carried out headquarters task of executing despite how gruesome he may
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