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MonkeyNotes-The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
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Major THEME

Longstreet’s defense of realism

" ‘Honor without intelligence is a disaster. Honor could lose the war.’ " (p.133) Longstreet goes on to explain to Fremantle the realist point of view, including how war has changed to a defensive trench battle and why winning is more important than bravery. Some notable quotations: "Longstreet had spoken to his own officers. They found what he said vaguely shameful," "Like all Englishmen, and most southerners, Fremantle would rather lose the war than his dignity. Dick Garnett would die and die smiling."


Minor Themes

Europe:

"Fremantle...was continually amazed at the combination of raw earth and rough people, white columned houses and traces of English manner." (p.127)

Union vs. Confederacy:

" ‘Your General Lee is a wonder...He holds this army together...’Strordnry dignity.’ " (p.129)

Communication:

"And Jackson is dead. So now Garnet will have to die bravely to erase the stain."

Lee vs. Longstreet:

"He had not thought God would do a thing like that. He went to the church and asked [why his children had died of the fever] and there was no answer. He got down on his knees and pleaded but there was no answer." (p.127)

Soldier’s Past Experiences (Family):

"When the fire was gone and the dark had truly come there was no way he [Longstreet] could avoid the dead faces of his children." (p.135)

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