The story “Editha” can be used as a lens to analyze theproblem of America’s ignorance and can teach us that the importance ofawareness and knowledge goes beyond the benefit of the individual. Editha’s views of war and patriotism lead to the tragicdeath of her beloved George.
Her obsession of belief about the necessity of war forces her pacifyingfiancé, to go against his beliefs and principles, and do what he fears anddislikes most, endangering the lives of other human beings. A current issue today is that of the ignorance of American’s.There are a vast numver of American’s that are unaware of foreign problems makingit impossible for them to help form and carry out foreign policy which is anessential element of self-government in a strong modern democracy. People needto develop a deeper gratitude and understanding of the forces at work, so thatpopular attitudes are no longer subject to obtuse manipulation. Reasonably so,homeland issues concern American’s more than that of foreign issues, however,that makes it harder to influence them that every issue of public concern willsoon have an international aspect. The continued ignorance of how other’s seethe world is a tangible threat to our own security as a country. Editha’s unawareness and inaccurate ideas about war aresimilar to that of the American people’s unfamiliarity with foreign issues.
Nothaving the right picture of the rest of the world could lead to naïve beliefs anduneducated decisions with consequences similar to those of George. Selfishnessand ignorance like Editha’s leads to the suffering of many people. It isimportant to understand foreign countries and to maintain international relationsto make educated choices and to ensure the safety of all people. The fact thatHowell’s wrote this piece in contrast of a historical event of the countrymakes it even more relevant. Editha’s character is built specifically to deterthe reader away from the idea of war and to depict the country as a whole asbeing foolish and disillusioned about the country’s past, so one can defer thatEditha’s viewpoint and character is important to avoid in the country’s future.