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Psychologically traumatizing events have infinite effects on the behavioral outcomes of youth In the novel De Niros Game written by RawiHage the author depicts the morality of the two character foils Bassam and George He raises the question of whether a childs morality relies on learning experiences or if their morality is innate The novel is based on the realty of how war related traumatizing events affect Bassam and George by both direct exposure and indirect affects on their surrounding influences such as family friends and the societies they are raised The character foils inhumane choices are comparatively influenced by their affected surroundings however the separate paths they take originate from their opposing personalities and scapegoats that are created in order to deal with their catastrophic events The novel reveals the reality of how war shatters relationships with family and friends It opens Ten thousand bombs had landed and I was waiting for George with the word bombs Hage foreshadows the diminishing friendship of Bassam and George that emphasizes their opposing personalities 11 Also with the term bombs Hage reasons the separation of their friendship with the horrific effects of war The separate paths that they take revolve not only on the decisions in war that they were forced to make whether to remain in Beirut and conform to the society escape or sadly face death but also on their differing personalities Georges quotes fuck them all I will fuck them all showing his violent and irrational behavior to the situation he was faced Bassam describes George as being drunk delirious and violent 39 His violent and irrational mentalities are what lead him to join the militia He states I like it here emphasizing his love for his country while on the other hand Bassamscontinually refers to wanting to leave 45 Bassamsrational personality explains his want for escape considering he acknowledges and focuses more on the long run Macksoud and Aber state children that were
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