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In order to forgive one must do wrong On the other perspective if one does wrong forgiveness is in order While this may be right in most cases not every situation upholds this saying to live by Just like in the novel The Sunflower for instance forgiveness is not always as easy as it might be Here the author is conflicted in a risky atmosphere as he is asked to forgive a man for wrongs so far beyond the average apology I believe that Simon did the right thing by not saying anything he wouldve been speaking for the entire Jewish population on his behalf with an apology that is not true to its meaning especially on a sin that should not be forgiven Karl the dying former Nazi SS man is asking Simon for forgiveness as he lies on his death bed Karl asks for this forgiveness so that he may die peacefully knowing he had not done wrong and may enter heaven when he passes Karls objective was just to find a Jew any Jew and ask for forgiveness Its wrong to ask just one man for answer that may serve the entire Jewish population Gordon 153 This man however happened to be Simon He was dealt the cards to decide what would be the right thing to do in this situation By saying anything whether it be forgiving or not-forgiving Simon wouldve been representing the entire Jewish population in Karls mind Why was Simon picked for this immense apology Simon is just a regular guy a regular Jew in the Holocaust Why would Karl have picked him out of all the other Jews Although Simon felt at first like he was special and picked specifically he found out through context clues that he has no purpose here by Karls death bed then just to listen to his stories and forgive him Karl couldnt care less about Simon he doesnt care what
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