The servants of Sadao and Hana reflect a particular mindset of the general public in society towards the thinking and broad–minded human beings. Elaborate with the help of the story ‘The Enemy’.

The servants of Sadao and Hana reflect a particular mindset of the general public in society towards the thinking of broad minded human beings. They have a mindset of poor, uneducated and narrow minded section of the society. The moment Dr. Sadao informed them about the American prisoner of war, they were frightened. All the servants reacted in different manner but with one mindset that Dr. Sadao should not treat the American soldier. When Hana asked Yumi to wash his wounds, Yumi flatly refused to obey. She revolted at the idea of serving a white man. Hana herself washed the wound with a clean steaming towel. She was annoyed with Dr. Sadao for putting his family in danger. The old gardener was also not happy with Dr. Sadao for sheltering the enemy soldier. He felt that the soldier should die. If he was saved, the sea would take revenge. Equally disturbing was the reaction of the cook, who felt that Dr. Sadao was too proud of his skills, so he operated upon the soldier and saved him. The servants felt that they could not stay if Sadao hid that white man anymore in the house. People would think that they liked Americans. The servants grew more watchful daily. Sadao wanted the prisoner to get up on his feet. He didn’t pay much heed to the servants’ reaction. Finally, the servants left Sadao’s house as they were frightened of the repercussions of helping an enemy soldier. In fact, they could not understand Sadao’s dilemma. If they had, they would never have reacted in the manner they had.

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