The Political Time Period Of The American Civil War

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In March, by Geraldine Brooks, we learn about the political time period of the American Civil War. The main character, Mr. March is an avid abolitionist on the Union side working as a chaplain. An idealistic Mr. March goes against his moral code of pacifism, and takes action by joining the American Civil War. If March is not as idealistic as he is, he never would have fought in the war.

Throughout the novel, one recurring theme in Mr. March’s life are his decisions whether to take action against injustices or not. Mr. March lives his life by the moral codes of his religious beliefs of pacifism, and anti-slavery. When Mr. March is contemplating the idea of going to war, he considers one hand, if he goes he will be going against his religion of pacifism. On the other hand, if he goes, he would be impressing Marmee, fighting for abolitionism, and he believes others will respect him for being a solider. He decides to take action and put his abolitionist values, pride and Marmee’s admiration above those of pacifism. If he does not take action, he would feel he had been a part of the continuation of slavery, and in his mind, commit a sin against slaves. Another time when Mr. March has to decide between action and inaction is when the rebel irregulars attack the plantation and take many people captive. Mr. March hides in a hole in the cotton seed pile, and when the rebel irregulars call for him to come out or they threaten to kill Ptolemy, he has to decide between
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