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In Bloodstain Christopher W Rowan portrays the theme very effectively The theme teaches how a lack of responsibility can negatively affect more than one individual This theme is represented by the actions of the main character Fred as well as his parents and Mr Haskell the unfortunate victim Rowans theme of irresponsibility is expressed most clearly through the behavior of the protagonist Fred The initial incident is Freds poor decision to take his parents gun With the knowledge that they would not be returning home soon he underhandedly sneaks the weapon away into the nearby forest Once he is there he carelessly acts out an adventure completely oblivious to the fact that the hammers on the gun are cocked the gun is ready to fire When he sees what he thinks is a rabbit he impulsively fires at it In addition after his frightening discovery Fred thoughtlessly flees the scene instead of making any attempt to save Mr Haskell Preceding the accident Freds intense determination to hide the truth is illustrated clearly with this quote Ill never tell he told himself Theyll never even suspect me It is quite evident that most of the responsibility in this situation belongs to Fred Furthermore Freds parents lack of responsibility indirectly contributes to Mr Haskells death Their first act of carelessness is when they neglect to keep the gun locked up in a safer place Instead they keep it in a location where it is easily accessible to Fred Equally important Freds parents dont suspect anything unusual when he doesnt attend Mr Haskells funeral They merely accept his somewhat transparent excuse he just claims that the situation is too sad When Freds mother notices his throbbing index finger she asks Whats the matter with your finger Youve been doing that for 2 or 3 days Fred replies with another poor excuse which his mother readily accepts without further questioning This is yet another instance where she shows negligence
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