Essay on Dances with Wolves

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Dances With Wolves Chapter Summary, Chapter 1
The first chapter introduces the protagonist of the story, Lieutenant Dunbar, a soldier who is posted to the frontier. The time is during the American Civil War. Dunbar is at Fort Hays, but talks to Major Fambrough about being posted on the prairie. Major Fambrough, who appears as a little insane, agrees and sends him to Fort Sedgewick. He goes there with a peasant called Timmons. In the meantime, the same fort is being abandoned by Captain Cargill, who is waiting for a wagon with his eighteen out of an original fifty-eight man, while the others mostly deserted or are dead.
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subchapter 1
p.1, l.4 ``rolling ocean of grass'' is surely a metaphore, as grass can
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Captain Cargill is becoming a hero and is promoted to major. Cargill learns that Major Fambrough has gone totally insane and thus has left the fort. Thus, Lieutenant Dunbar's existence is only known to Timmons.
Interpretation/stylistic devices
This chapter is filled with irony and criticism on the army. Captain Cargill does not get arrested for abandoning the fort but even gets promoted. The fact that Fort Sedgewick is now declared a ``nonplace'' shows once again the ignorance and narrow-mindedness of these people - everything not ``connected with the United States government'' is a nonplace for them. Captain Cargill and his men also speculate on what the driver of the wagon would do - ``if he was smart, he would continue west,selling off the provisions at various trading posts along the way''. This shows that corruption and not having a sense of duty are normal traits of character for them, implying harsh criticism on the army, of course.
Dances With Wolves Chapter Summary, Chapter 3
Lieutenant Dunbar and Timmons arrive at Fort Sedgewick. They realize that it is abandoned and Timmons suggests to turn around and go back to Fort Hayes, but Lieutenant Dunbar insists on staying at the frontier and forces Timmons with his gun into helping him unload.
Interpretation/stylistic devices
It is interesting to notice that Dunbar does not turn around and returns to Fort Hays or sells the…

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