Essay - Ladies End Gentlemen

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Essay – ”Ladies and Gentlemen”

Humans… such a passionate word really, a both negatively and positively way to be described. Like “Well I’m only human” or “It’s because you are human!”
An apology, a reason.
The image of an actual human being, the ‘humanity’ we are so proud to posses, is somewhat distorted in this short story. But then again, maybe not so much! A kind of distorted distortion!
As the captain nonchalantly passes on, from the children of the passengers, “Your children have asked me to assure you that they do love you – but circumstances have intervened” or when he off handedly says, “As your captain, about to bid you farewell, let me say I am sympathetic to you situation…” and then he goes on, talking about how he is sympathetic while clearly not sounding like it. It is told as if, the humanity normally present is only an awareness, merely put aside, ignored. Maybe understood but not felt.

As a reader I was even more surprised, or perhaps outraged, throughout the story, when it became apparent just how non-caring this captain was, while telling the passengers of the reason of their flight. How this is indeed going to be their end. How he really prefer it if they wouldn’t interrupt him while talking! Interrupt him? For gods sake he was telling the poor people of how they were probably going to die! In detail! And that was what set him off! Or earlier when he swiftly explained that if the ‘ladies and gentlemen’ did not cooperate, the stewards would be inclined to using force, the crew was “Only human after all.” When in fact, in that particular situation, that being very inhuman!

Speaking of the children of the doomed passengers, it is somewhat odd how they ended up! Their affection toward their parents having dimmed to something not even grieved about when involving the imminent death, of the people who brought them up with love, and a good…...

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