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How many mlies to Babylon? - Why does Alec kill Jerry?
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HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON? - SUE JOHNSTON
WHY DOES ALEC KILL JERRY?
Alec kills Jerry because of the deep love and friendship that gripped the two of them. However, to understand this deep and in the end heroic love we must examine this on the one hand simple but on the other hand complex and delirious comradeship which sees Alec kill his best and only friend.
It was their separate classes that brought them together: one from the Anglo-Irish gentry; the other a peasant. If it were not for Alec's snobbishness and Jerry's pleasant and honest nature the two might never have met. As soon as Alec gives in, goes swimming and fights with him we can see that the two will be inseparable for life. The fact that Alec has never seen a naked boy before seems to point to us that he has never met any other children before. This is probably the case when growing up in the countryside in his social position as his parents, especially his mother, would never have let him play with or be friends with peasants. This is probably not because he is
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