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Michael Shaaras historical novel The Killer Angels is based on the Battle of Gettysburg Shaaras experience as a teacher shows by breaking down the characters and events surrounding this critical turning point in the history of the United States Shaara helps the reader understand the significance of this important battle in which two percent of the male population at that time gave their lives for a cause Sherwin Elizabeth He brings to life the great leaders of the North and South men like Lawrence Chamberlain Robert E Lee and James Longstreet their similarities and their differences and their effect on historyThroughout the novel Shaara gets into the hearts minds and souls of the characters A reader can experience the pain anxiety love or lack of love these men have for their wives families and the men they fight along side Each character is personalized to a point that the reader can relate to what is going inside of minds of these men The reader can also get an in depth feeling of the horrors of war experience the seeds of courage and or cowardice sprouts as the clash of war heightens For example when Chamberlain is watching the men fighting around him one clutching his stomach one crazily jumping up and takes a bullet and another propelled back after being shot 217Lawrence Chamberlain is a person one naturally likes and one may associate with because he is so admirable and compassionate He is a professor turned soldier because he wants to help end the fighting xix As he learns his new trade the reader can feel his frustration over this superiors lack of leadership As when he is angry when a young private inquires as to why their guns were not trade for better ones Sir is it true that General McClellan is in command again and Chamberlain forced himself to reply no 166 He is also frustrated with the leadership of others hesitation and
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