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Paul Markakis AP English Period 6 Cold Mountain Throughout Cold Mountain, author Charles Frazier used overly descriptive passages to suggest a meaning much deeper than that which the passages seemed to be about. One such occurrence was towards the beginning of the chapter entitled “to live like a gamecock.” As Inman and Veasey were walking along continuing their journey, they “spied a man standing off below the road, seemingly in deep contemplation over the scene before him, the chief feature of which was a great black bull, dead in the fork of a creek.” This man was a symbolic representation of Inman. His standing at a crossroads of sorts, unsure of how to continue along his path was a direct allusion to the constant confusion within the mind of Inman. From the opening chapters of Cold Mountain , Inman was unsure of how to proceed as a deserter from the Confederate Army. He was always debating the best method of approach with any obstacle he faced. These obstacles were the “great black bulls” in the road of Inman’s life. A bull was an appropriate choice of animal to be blocking off the fork of the creek, for it is commonly used as a symbol of stability 1 . The fact that this great beast was dead suggested a lack of stability in the life of Inman. Its death occurring at the fork of a creek was another important symbol; water is symbolic of life and this bull’s rotting carcass was blocking the entrance to the water. Thus, the idea that Frazier suggested by this contrast was that a great obstacle would in the near future impair Inman’s goal of rebirth, which he would attain by successfully deserting the Confederate Army and returning to Ada. The man asking Veasey and 1 http://www.whats-your-sign.com/bull-symbols.html
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