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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. ...read more.

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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. ...read more.

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It also shows some of the negative attitudes towards ignorance. He is very materialistic as when he leaves the hospital he buys himself a suit and other things he desires. He is also a man of habit as he throws his hat away like he did when he decided to leave school. This is a way of showing that he is going off to stat a new life. In conclusion the audience gets a very mixed impression of Inman from chapter one because he has lots of conflicting emotions. He seems to be a very proud man who has a resolve about war as he does not share General Lee's opinion about it. He is also sensitive to his surroundings and could be seen as being fickle as he quits the army. He is very humane yet always needs to find someone to blame for tragedies. John McArthur ...read more.

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