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MonkeyNotes-Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
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KEY LITERARY ELEMENTS

SETTING

The novel is set around the fictional town of Cold Mountain in the southern Appalachians. The town is analogous to the area around the present day Waynesville, North Carolina, which sits in the shadow of the 6000+ ft. Cold Mountain. The people in the story run their farms the old nineteenth century way, by hand and with animal power.


The time is the mid-1860ís, one of the most transformational periods of American history. It is toward the end of the Civil War. The people in this setting have been absorbed into the conflict and exhibit the uniquely Appalachian response to the war. They first rally out of loyalty to homeland, but then see a war about politicians that want to start a new country. (see Historical Information) The farms in the setting have been devastated by the war and the women, children and old folk that remain fear the Union and Confederate marauders equally.

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