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 rightness and necessity of war compelsher appeasing fiancé, to go against his beliefs and principles about thesovereignty of world peace, and participate in what he fears and dislikes most,battling and possibly even killing other human beings. A current issue today is that of the ignorance of American’s.Many American’s are unfamiliar with overseas problems making it impossible forthem to aid in the formation and execution of foreign policy that is anessential component of self-government in a healthy modern democracy.
People needto develop a deeper appreciation and familiarity of the complex forces at work,so that popular attitudes are no longer subject to crass manipulation.Reasonably so, Americans are more worried over issues at home, however, thatmakes it harder to persuade them that every aspect of struggle and issue ofpublic concern will soon have an international facet. But the continuedignorance of or indifference towards how other people see the world, is aconcrete 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. Egotism andignorance like Editha’s leads to the suffering of many people. It is importantto understand foreign countries and to maintain international relationships tomake 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.