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Themes

Compliance

To be a soldier in the Army, you cannot question your commanding officer's authority. This idea is paramount in the Army and a major foundation from which all soldiers operate. To question a commanding officer's directive is impermissible. However, when General Marvin makes a direct command that no carts are allowed on the pathways in Adano, Joppolo realizes that this command is not logical. Initially, he accepts the rule and does not question it. However, when he is approached by the poor cartmen of Adano, he sees the error of the ruling. What separates Joppolo from the rest of his comrades is his ability to think for himself and he uses his intelligence to see that keeping General Marvin's command will kill the town. The town depends upon its carts for products, services and general essentials within the town. Joppolo listens to the complaints of the town and...

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