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Obana 1 Christian Obana Mr. Keaney English 11 AP 16 March 2018 To Break Away Outside influences have the capacity to oppress others. In Charles Frazier’s historical fiction novel, Cold Mountain , the main character, Inman, is accompanied by a Kentucky woman named Lou Ann Ruiz, who has a fearful outlook on her past due to numerous traumatic events. Due to Lou Ann’s constantly worried state, her self-esteem suffers in tandem with her mind. Her incessant anxiety allows for the development of the theme of personal growth in the novel, as Taylor’s positive influence allows for Lou Ann’s confidence to increase. Lou Ann has the tendency to dwell on mistakes that she has made in her past and allow those to affect her mentally and emotionally. She recalls a memory from when Angel Ruiz, her former husband, spends time with her, his friend Manny, and his wife Ramona in the desert to go stargazing. However, Lou Ann had knocked out, and the next morning, she overhears Angel talking about the phenomenon of a meteor shower. From that point on, she “kept on thinking that if [she] could miss a whole meteor shower […] [she’d] probably done something else ridiculous” (Kingsolver 90). She dreads making even the most miniscule of mistakes because it persuades her into believing that she can never do anything correctly. Her negativity towards this event parallels with her negativity towards herself, thus having an effect on her state of being. In addition, she confides her feelings to Taylor about her split with Angel, and how her philosophy on relationships is that “you’re supposed to love the same person your whole life till death do you part and all that. And if you don’t, well, you’ve got to have screwed up somewhere”
Obana 2 (Kingsolver 91). This belief that she holds augments her fear that if she does not succeed in her goal the first time, hope will be lost for her to reclaim herself. In this case, Lou Ann blames

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