In terms of the relationship between Sgt. Warden and Pvt. Prewitt.
Warden is a man in his early or mid-thirties. He's found his place in the Army and made his peace with "the system." He's also one of those men who lives in strict accordance with a code. In his case the code won't allow him to become an officer. He is becoming embittered.
Prewitt is a very young man. He has spirit. In some ways he is quite mature for his age. He's also a proto-artist (the trumpet). But he's definitely a misfit.
Warden sees the good qualities in Prewitt. There's a scene in which he makes an appreciative comment about the Taps that Prewitt plays. But he also sees Prewitt as trouble. He has a company to run. Prewitt's a bit of grit that will keep the well oiled machine from running smoothly.
Prewitt doesn't really have enough experience to make a judgement of Warden. But he does sense that Warden has more going on inside himself than the other sergeants Prewitt has encountered.
Jones is a rich writer.
posted on 01/12/2003 7:46:06 PM PST
Good analysis. There's also another scene in the book in which Prewitt stumbles upon a drunken Warden on the road the night that Prewitt met Slade while playing guitar and working on "Re-enlistment Blues."
Prewitt and Warden banter back and forth good-naturedly, finishing Warden's bottle together and then sit in the middle of the road "to get hit by a truck." But they are picked up by Lt. Culpepper's driver who is obviously disgusted at the "mutual backslapping society" as they both call each other "the best f'ing soljer in the Compny..."
But even in his drunken state, Warden knows that Prewitt is doomed to soon to end up in the stockade for one reason or another, and he feels very badly about it.
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