ColdMountain - Charles Frazier - Characters : their development and
Inman is left psychologically scarred by memories of war and the
ghosts of his fellow soldiers who have died fighting. The war turned
Inman into a very violent person, one who is brutal and holds little
regard for human life as he resorts to violence a great deal through
out his travels. His meeting with Sara results in violence when he
kills the three Federals who stole her pig and trashed her house.
Whilst being ashamed of the killings he is able to deal with having
the following thoughts,
"Inman decided to view what was before him in this context: next to
the field in front of the sunken road at Fredericksburg or the
accumulated mess at the bottom of the crater, this was nothing. At
either place he had probably killed any number of men more
satisfactory in all their attributes than this Eben. Nevertheless, he
figured this might be a story he would never tell." (Page 306)
As the war draws on he becomes disillusioned with the idea of
patriotism and longs only to return home to Cold Mountain as he finds
his surroundings to be vile compared to his homeland.
Swimmer, the Cherokee boy Inman met when he was sixteen, encourages
him to explore the idea that the mountains are gateways to a world
above heaven where a "celestial race" live as well as explaining about
the nature of the soul. From this, Inman believes that the mountains
are a link to happiness and well being, especially in the case of Cold
Mountain. He told Inman that he thought Cold Mountain was the chief
mountain of the world.
"Inman asked how he knew that to be true, and Swimmer had swept his
hand across the horizon to where ColdMountainstood and s...
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...y he could fix his sad
live is if he cut all their throats when they were sleeping. For
Junior the war had been a source of income for he sold deserters to
the Home Guard for $5 each. Because of his choice to sell off Inman he
dies as Inman then comes back for revenge and kills him by hitting him
with his pistol.
Teague is the leader of a band of Home Guard. He is a violent and
ruthless sadist who is mentioned by Swangers with fright and hatred,
his execution of Pangle and other outliers in the novel show this. The
war had let him do these terrible things without vengeance from the
community as most of the men were out fighting the war. Teague may
have joined the Home Guard as he was too scared to join in the actual
war in case he had been injured or killed. His crimes do come back to
get him though as when he confronts Inman, Inman kills him.