The Unvanquished Essay

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The UnvanquishedThe Unvanquished is a novel in which honor plays a key roll in. Granny, Bayard and Ringo all grow in this book with they key ethic of honor. Bayard and Ringo grow in honor with the help of Granny and Granny finds honor grows in her with the help of both. Granny has a big hand in helping raise Bayard, the young white son of Colonel John Sartoris, and Ringo, a young black slave of theirs. Granny would watch them as Bayard's father was fighting in the war. She taught them honor by making them live by the bible. No cursing, talking back or lying. This was brought to a test however when the boys shot at a Yankee officer, missing the officer but killing their prize horse. ...view middle of the document...

So along with this honor lesson she showed the boys, she showed them how it is not right to steal. Anytime Granny would go to get horses she would walk in unarmed, knowing they could kill her. Granny does die by trying to get some horses from a very dishonorable man, Ab Snopes, maybe the only character in this novel with no sense of honor. However, Granny walked into this situation, as with all others, with honor. Honor for Colonel Sartoris and for the boys, she just had to get all that money back that she had squandered through the horse dealings. No money was obtained though and as a result Granny was killed. Bayard and Ringo show honor throughout the entire novel, but it is after the death of their grandmother that, together, they show the most. After she is killed they go to hunt down Ab Snopes with the help of Uncle Buck. They first ran into a suspicious character, Grumby, who, they find out, is also looking for Snopes. However, Grumby tries to harm the group. Bayard seems to question his honor at this time, should he kill a man or not? In the end it comes down to sheer survival. When Bayard shot Grumby he shot him in the back, and though this may not be considered an honorable way to shot a man, it took honor to pursue a man you know may kill you before you even get a shot off. Ab Snopes was also killed in the same fashion, he was after them but they wanted it more. Ab had killed their grandmother and they had to uphold her honor. After they killed him they took his hand and put in on their grandmothers grave. This showed the honor and respect they had for their...

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