Character Analysis: The Man In The Water

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Mark Twain once said, “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” Giving up your life for some random people in the same situation as you isn’t a simple task to do. In the op-ed “The Man in the Water” written by Roger Rosenblatt based on a true incident on January 13, 1982, of a plane crash. Air Florida Flight 90 took off from Washington National Airport, which later crashed into the Potomac River was caused by the ice on the plane’s wings and crashed as it caused damage to the surroundings. There were seventy-eight people on the plane and only five survived with the help of rescuers. In the essay “The Man in The Water”, Roger Rosenblatt demonstrated moral courage by showing the bravery…show more content…
Before and during the plane crash Washington, D.C., was covered in wet snow flurries when Air Florida Flight 90 took off from Washington National Airport. The weather was cold and the lake Potomac was frozen too. Additionally, this helps show moral courage enhancing the heroes in the incident because why would anyone jump into freezing cold water when you know you can't take the cold? If the setting was changed to a hot summer night, then there would be less of a moral courage because water on a hot summer night is cool while on a cold January night the water is freezing cold. There would be fewer people willing to jump into freezing water to save someone rather than on a hot summer night. In the op-ed “The Man in The Water”, Roger Rosenblatt demonstrated moral courage by showing the bravery of the rescuers and giving the setting which helps enhance the bravery of the characters. Additionally, Rosenblatt emphasized the rescuers with moral courage by what they did and used the setting which help increase the moral of what’s right and what’s wrong on a cold January winter rather than a hot summer night. Moral courage is an easy thing to say, but in reality, it is a hard thing to do. What would you do if you see someone struggling with life threatening

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