One thing I noticed while I noticed while reading this chapter is just how powerful public documents are. We think of these requirements a pain sometimes but this chapter shows that they are meant to keep everything in order and prevent the whole system from destroying itself.
I read From My own Country. The purpose of this story was to show that even though two people may live together and love each other, they still can’t make decisions for one another if they don’t have the proper legal paper work such as power of attorney or a will that states them as care taker of one another. This was very effective because it makes you think about who will be making choices on your behalf when you are unable to make those decisions. You want someone who knows you and knows your wishes to make decisions for you not some distant relative you haven’t seen since you were a teenager. In the story Bobby wasn’t able to make the decision for Ed because he wasn’t a legally authorized as a caretaker of him, so Ed’s brothers were able to make the decision for him since they were immediate family. It just so happened they made the opposite decision that Bobby wanted to make. The writing is at its best when the doctor is coming out to talk to Bobby and Ed’s brothers and he’s observing them standing together. He puts words to how it looks like the family feels about Bobby just by how they are interacting with him. “I felt they were fond of their oldest brother, though perhaps disapproving of his relationship with Bobby. Yet judging by how they had all been standing around Bobby when I walked out, I didn’t think they had any strong dislike for Bobby”.