War takes its toll in many ways and these characters were no exception. Clemson brings to light ethical, moral, and human issues throughout the novel. These are just a few that come to my mind from my reading this week.
- Danish youth and adults who were angry about the occupation and felt that Viking warriors should rise up and strike back -- how to convince them that strategic nonviolence is an appropriate response and is actually a weapon?
- German Wermarcht (regular army) who served in Denmark throughout Germany's occupation and saw no reason to kill civilians who'd done no harm to them -- how do they resolve orders to kill them against their Christian upbringing?
- Can you order an action, knowing it will result in the deaths of innocents, yet it means far fewer people will die than if you ordered alternative actions?
- When "my turn" comes for punishment from the oppressor, will I stand up and face it or will I run and hide, leaving my comrades to face my punishment?
- How can I practice nonviolence yet plan actions that will kill many others, even if they are the enemy? Can we do anything to prevent those deaths while maintaining our resistance?
Let me know what you think after you read Denmark Rising.