I always thought that Jake’s flushing of yeerks was actually a good literary end to the war, (though obviously traumatic and terrifying) because the animorphs eventual involvement in the war really started when Elfangor refused to flush the helpless yeerks when Alloran ordered him to. The first opportunity to flush them illustrates the naivety of the young warrior that Elfangor was and how Jake started. Jake could never have guessed he would do that at the beginning of the war. He wouldn’t think himself capable. Elfangor at the time of his death, knew what terrible things he was now capable of. He knew how innocence could be destroyed and he knew that running from the enemy only delays the eventual violence. Elfangor passed his fight, his legacy, on to the animorphs knowing they would have to commit heinous acts in order to win or even just survive. Jake, at the end of his fight, has lost that naivety and innocence. He has lost so much to the war, his bitterness makes him capable of killing prisoners of war. The yeerk-flushing was a terrible perfect circle, showing how war and its atrocities span generations, and how evil is pernicious and infects both sides. It demonstrated the cost of winning the war: the loss of innocence, the loss of empathy, and the the loss of life.
Formerly loathsomegargoyle. Url was given to someone else, so if you see a loathsomegargoyle that is no longer me.
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