Freewill Savages: Cold Mountain's Stobrod Thewes Essay

1134 Words Aug 21st, 2010 5 Pages
Stobrod’s return and his connection with a community of outliers both disrupts the calm continuity of the women’s lives- that a man has entered the safe haven of the women’s private world- and shows the novel’s thematic opposition between the natural and man-made worlds. His sudden appearance at the corn crib reminds Ada and Ruby that not all events may be explained by reference to the natural world—they had assumed that a small creature had been stealing their corn—but instead that men can manipulate, change, and sometimes threaten. Although Ruby is wary of helping her father, Ada’s generosity in sharing food with Stobrod shows her new openness of character and interest in her friend’s family.

Ada actually finds it rather odd
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When he returns, he doesn’t expect Ruby to forgive him for ‘’it would take more than a tale and a fiddle tune to soften her heart towards him‘’, but it is all apart of the path to redemption, whether she forgives her daddy or not.

Frazier shows how Stobrod has found something to give his life meaning (for every time he played the fiddle he learned something new), a thing for which both Ada and Inman are searching. Music also appears as a backdrop to Ada and Ruby’s natural environment. The dry scratching of the leaves in the trees is much like the snake rattle in Stobrod’s fiddle, although it does not carry the same sense of alarm or warning.

Ada’s appreciation of natural rhythms extends to an enjoyment of Stobrod and Pangle’s strange yet harmonious music. When they play, the two musicians achieve a kind of unity that has an almost mystical power over Ada. However, the “deep place of concord” that they find while performing only highlights the discord that they have encountered in the mountains. Stobrod’s stories about the outliers’ raids show how conflict has encroached on the peaceful solitude of mountain life. Once again, the war forms a stark backdrop to human relationships in the novel—Stobrod contacts Ruby because he needs her help, not because of any patriarchal concern. Nevertheless, their reunion marks the beginning of reconciliation between

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