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- di·chot·o·my/dīˈkätəmē/: A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different.
2. Repeated branching into two equal parts
This story is one of those- a dichotomy.Two brothers - same mother, same upbringing but two very different choices. One enlists in the Second World War, the other becomes a Conchy- a conscienous objector. Edmund believes his duty is to fight for his country, but William cannot bear the thought of killing another man, ever.
William ends up in prison and Edmund on the front lines- that is until William is sent off to be a stretcher bearer- the most dangerous of all jobs at the front. He scuttles into no-mans land to rescue the fallen, he cares , he heals, but he refuses to kill.
Brothers- yet so far apart, but are they, and is William really a coward, and when his brother needs him- William is there carrying his strecher.This is a powerful story of how differing opinions can damage family, yet the bond remains more powerful than the issues. It is a story of how to stand up for what you believe in - even to the death. It is a story of the horrors of war!