Historical Events In 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 decisions during war based on tactics that will result in glory. These tactics led to a blindness towards achieving a more …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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