Analysis Of Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels

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In this historical novel, The Killer Angels, Michael Shaara retells the events of the Battle of Gettysburg, in a way that allows the reader the ability to visualize each scene as it unfolded in the past.. The Battle of Gettysburg is regarded as one of the bloodiest battles fought on America soil and was a turning point in the civil war. The Confederates took the offensive while the Union defended the higher ground. These events, normally told from a third person view are now told through the eyes of soldiers who documented their experiences. In The Killer Angels, the reader sees the formulation and execution of plans, as well as, the reactions of the soldiers. Shaara explains the process to which generals will justify their actions and …show more content…
Instead of reciting statistics and historical facts to the reader, Shaara digs deeper into the soldier’s feelings and reactions. Shaara uses first person accounts found in memoirs, diaries, and letters, through seven years of research to pioneer this historical novel. His argument is that men will justify their actions during war through their tactics, and how the pursuit of glory led many to become blind towards other possibilities of resolution. Shaara explains the importance of how this blindness altered the outcome of the Battle of Gettysburg and later, the Civil War. In support of his theory, he visualizes how General Lee was unwilling to fight towards the right of the Union army and his reluctance to retreat in the face of the …show more content…
Paul Read wrote Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors, based on the survivors’ retelling of the events. He wrote this historical novel the same way Shaara wrote The Killer Angels. Read was able to tell the story in a way that made the reader sympathize with the characters of the event. He provides the reader with the ability to connect with the book and see the impact it has on his or her life. Jenny Nordberg wrote, The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan, in 2015 that is another example of a novel that is reflective of Shaara’s creative storytelling. Nordberg writes about the difficulties young girls face in Afghanistan when they are dressed as boys until the age of sixteen. She uses accounts from women and men who experienced the difficulties it was to be a boy and then a girl or knowing a boy who then becomes a girl. Her writing are reflective of Shaara’s because she used research of first person diaries and

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