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While other complex issues such as love and the effects of war on the individuals psyche and heart are explored in the film Cold Mountain the thread that ties the main characters overall experience in the film together and the films most easily visible theme is that of Inmans journey back home to Carolina from his post in the civil war After fighting in the civil war and seeing the utter destruction of human life that war is he chooses instead to leave the army illegally in order to return home to see his true love Inman is unlike the intellectuals and almost con man personalities of Candide and Ulysses McGill a simple man He does not pose to be anything he is not He is a man who only talks when he has something to say Hardened by war his warm inner self is surrounded by a tough exterior perhaps developed as a defense mechanism against the circumstances he found himself in He is a man with a strong moral code with a strong sense of right and wrong untainted by over-intellectualizing lifes events through philosophy as Pangloss Candide and McGill do He takes swift action in helping those in need and doesnt hesitate in using violence when necessary except for at the very end of the film in which his only hesitation to use violence turns out to be a fatal one For example he would never as Pangloss did hesitate in saving a man from drowning or from dying under a pile of rubble as that was what was meant to be as everything is for the best He acts swiftly and with conviction He is a simple real man He sees the world as it is without seeing it through a cloud of philosophy and pretense He does not hide behind personal ideals when it comes to doing the clearly right thing The title character of Voltaires Candide is
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