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Michael Shaara

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Lee, Part 3, Chapter 6 man of honor knows that when he … sees the blood of the enemy, a man of honor can no longer turn away. Sources: Civil War Trust, The Gettysburg Foundation,,A Killer Angels Companion by D. Scott Hartwig, National Park Service Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Fourth of July Denotes a dramatic shift in national identity Angels Symbolize the duality of human nature—virtue and murder Lee’s Heart Represents the heart of the nation, broken by civil war Symbols Main Characters James Longstreet Stubborn, opinionated Confederate general; Lee’s second in command who argues against the attack at Gettysburg Robert E. Lee Beloved, revered commander of the Confederate Army; weakened by a heart condition and hopeful the war will end at Gettysburg Joshua Chamberlain Union colonel and previous rhetoric professor; leads a Union charge atLittle Round Top Shaara had several professions, including paratrooper, police officer, and professor. He began his writing career with short stories but also wrote four novels, of which The Killer Angels received the Pulitzer Prize. His best-known novel, The Killer Angels was inspired by a family visit to Gettysburg. MICHAEL SHAARA1928–88 Author Some will die for honor; others believe honor must be tempered by pragmatism. Honor The relationships of soldiers across armies and the nation make the war tragic. Brotherhood The cause is the ideal for which the war is fought—what soldiers will die for. The Cause Honor is at stake as two armies face each other across a field outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Tens of thousands of men try not to think of the friends and family on the other side as they brace for a battle they can only hope brings the war to an end. A Battle toEnd the War THEMES English Original Language 1974 Year Published Michael Shaara Author The Killer Angels Historical Fiction Short Stories Short Story Series Religious Text Primary Source Poetry Play Novella Novel Nonfiction Essay Epic Poem Children’s Literature Book Type

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