Freewill Savages: Cold Mountain's Stobrod Thewes

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Stobrod’s return and his connection with a community of outliers both disrupts the calm continuity of the women’s lives- that a man has entered the safe haven of the women’s private world- and shows the novel’s thematic opposition between the natural and man-made worlds. His sudden appearance at the corn crib reminds Ada and Ruby that not all events may be explained by reference to the natural world—they had assumed that a small creature had been stealing their corn—but instead that men can manipulate, change, and sometimes threaten. Although Ruby is wary of helping her father, Ada’s generosity in sharing food with Stobrod shows her new openness of character and interest in her friend’s family. Ada actually finds it rather odd…show more content…
Ada is almost jealous of the relationships between Ruby and Stobrod even if it’s not a particularly good relationship. She grows increasingly sentimental towards Stobrod’s newfound love for his daughter, and is quite appalled that Ruby still does not forgive him after all his desperate attempts at moving her heart with his fiddle music. Ada is quite touched by Stobrod’s change of heart, and many a time she closes her eyes while he plays, and finds tears spilling from her eyes when she emerges from the spell of his music. She would constantly steal a glance at Ruby who has not been moved at all by his playing and remains as cold and passive as a rock. Ada, of course, does not blame Ruby for her behavior towards her father, because of all he’s done to her, but despite this, she reminds Ruby how lucky she is to still have a father. Ada never succeeds, of course, in persuading Ruby to forgive him. In the chapter “naught and grief,” music appears to provide a measure of harmony if not logic in a world of insensible changes. Teague and the Home Guard are moved by Stobrod and Pangle’s performance, although they shoot the musicians nonetheless. This brutal act is committed out of fear and a lack of understanding, and it foreshadows Inman’s eventual death. It isn’t until after her daddy is shot and believed

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