The Cold Mountain, By Charles Frazier

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Within Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, religion is an ever present component to the novel. This is prevalent within Inman, Ada and Monroe, Swimmer, and the mountain town itself. At times, characters will present aspects of religion that do not coincide with the common Christian beliefs within Cold Mountain, such as Monroe’s teachings or Swimmer’s own religion as opposed to Christianity. Each religious person or reference within the story creates a sense of differentiating views as well as an introduction to multiple perspectives of religion, self, and action. Regarding Inman and his view of Christianity, he has a deep connection to the church. When Monroe arrived at the church, the townspeople were skeptical of his sermons because his view of religion did not pose God as a punishing god, separating his belief from the previous beliefs of the mountain people. Monroe began to give the people of Cold Mountain a new view and perspective of religion, one not included in their presumably primitive Baptist background. Monroe quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson, which follows the belief that nature is a way in which God shows his love for the world. According to Inman’s remembrance of one of Monroe’s quotes, it goes as follows, “that which shows God in me, fortifies me. That which shows God out of me, makes me a ward and a wen. There is no longer a necessary reason for my being. Already the long shadows of untimely oblivion creep over me, and I shall decrease forever.” This quote from
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