F. WHEN JOHN SOMES TO THE RIVER, HE EARLY TURNS BACK. WHY DOES HE DECIDE TO GO ON?
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John is on his own hero's quest. His desire to attain his goal won't let him quit. Like any hero, John's journey is his destiny, turning back would betray himself and his people, "It is better to lose one's life than one's spirit, if one is a priest and the son of a priest."