Essay on Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

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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
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had claimed that at the top of the highest mountain you would come to
the lower reaches of a forest where lived a celestial race and it was
here that the dead spirit of man could be reborn.

Swimmer had said that , "a man's spirit could be torn apart and cease
and yet his body keep on living."(Page 19) and Inman, after his time
at Fredericksburg was quite prepared to say that Swimmer was right.


The journey Inman takes home to Cold Mountain is not only a
geographical journey but also a psychological one. Through his travels
back to his homeland Inman is transformed into a gentler and more
compassionate man than he was when he started his trip. This
advancement is far more important that that of his physical journey as
without this he would have returned to Ada as a man that she would not
have loved and thus been a mostly wasted journey.


Inman meets a lot of different people on his way to Cold Mountain that
help him change to become a more humane and compassionate person. The
first time one can see that Inman is changing is his run in with
Veasey who was about to throw a girl off a cliff. Though Inman
considers the preacher damnable and can see merit in killing him Inman
chooses to let him live and chooses to let the community choose the
penalty for Veasey. This shows that Inman has changed and become more
kind-hearted since his confrontation with the three men…