In the lake of the woods

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“…It wasn’t just the war that made him what he was. That’s too easy. It was everything – his whole nature…” – Eleanor K. Wade IS THIS AN ADEQUATE EXPLANATION FOR WHAT HAPPENS TO JOHN WADE? John Wade left America a human being, yet came back a human killer. His months in Vietnam were filled with bloodshed and human atrocity, and from this, no man could feasibly return the same person. Yet beneath what John …

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…was still experiencing nightmares and horrible illusions about what had gone on. The war effected John deeply, but he came out the same John Wade underneath. He continued to cover up the truth, just as he had done years earlier with his mirror. John Wade’s characteristics, the things that made him who he was, were the result of his childhood, adulthood and the war – rather than the war shaping him, it was life itself.