What Impression of Inman is created in chapter 1 of Cold Mountain?

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What Impression of Inman is created in chapter 1 of Cold Mountain?

Throughout Chapter one Frazier establishes Inman’ s character in sufficient detail for the reader to feel involved in his life and get an insight into the way he thinks. This gives the reader a feeling of superiority as to their knowledge of Inman and his feelings. Inman is based on Frazier’s great uncle. This gives them a better impression of him and a greater feeling of pity for him and his situation.

He appears to be very sensitive to his surroundings as the environment of the hospital seems to affect his feelings in a very negative way.
An example of this is where he thinks about how he obtained his wound.
This shows his strength of character both
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The fact that he is still affected by it shows the grotesqueness of it and also in some ways shows the weakness of his mental defences. This is because he can not block out the images and ordeals that he has endured. He is a very humane and sensitive person. The reader can tell this from “Inman’s only thought looking on the enemy was, Go home.” This shows that even though he is fighting he wishes that he could stop and let the enemy get back to their lives. This shows how even those that war has affected in an extreme way can still have a sense of human decency. Even so he still has to find someone to blame for any unfortunate event. The reader realises this when Inman asks the blind man “Who put out your pair of eyes.” This may have come about because
Inman has witnessed so many unfortunate incidents and tragedies at human hands that he has forgotten about natural causes. The fact that he feels this way is a direct contrast to the way he feels towards nature and his humane approach to the way people are treated. This is very tactless and it also shows that he is a very open minded and accepting person. This is shown by his meeting with the Cherokee tribe. This gives the reader the impression that Inman is very tolerant of other cultures as he listens to what Swimmer teaches him and only asks minimal questions. This also shows that he has a lot of self-esteem and although he is very open minded he has strongly
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