Beautiful Souls Book Summary

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The Tragic Ripple Effect from a Beautiful Soul Four true stories that are at the heart of “Beautiful Souls,” an examination by Eyal Press, is about the factors that lead some individuals to disobey authority. In Beautiful Souls, Press seeks to find common denominators—character traits, triggering situations, prerequisite conditions—that triggers nonconformists to take a risky stand against authority, one that for the most part make them pariahs to their surrounding society. Press’ second “beautiful soul” is Aleksander Jevtic, a Serb who knowingly misidentified a number of Croat prisoners as Serbs in order to save them from being tortured or killed by his fellow Serbs in 1991, after a battle during the Yugoslav war. Jevtic was an individual who was…show more content…
The Serbians and Croatians want nothing to do with one another because many of the once lively spots of the town are a tragic reminder of the lives killed, despite Jevtic’s act to save hundred of Croat lives. Aleksander Jevtic didn’t care what his fellow Serbians, including his commanding officers, might think, which cost him relationships among his neighbors, his own ethnic group, and friends. Jevtic found himself in an usual position, in a limbo, of not belonging to either group of Serbian or Croatian people and neither group wanted anything to do with him because he saved Croatians. ""Croats don't like him because he's Serb. Serbs don't like him because they know he helped Croats"" (Press 70). This perception of him as a Serb who helped Croats caused a chain reaction of his neighbors to treat him poorly and view him as a traitor among his own people. Which went deeper to affect his own family. His son was denied to practice tennis at an arena that nobody used during the winter by a Croat man he saved. Despite living in Vukovar, where Serbs were seen as the enemy among honored fallen Croats, documented everywhere in the
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