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In Grant and Lee A Study in Contrasts Bruce Catton illustrates General Grant and General Lee are dissimilar in many aspects First of all their families were different classes and they have different characters in addition they had different beliefs in state affairs thus they fought for two sides of the country separately during the Civil War Catton believes that those differences resulted in Grant winning the war and Lee losing However Catton also points out that they have something in common they both were great leaders they both had the heart and resolution to unite country and make it a better nation Catton uses symbolism to show that Grants advanced belief in developing the nation would lead the great age of steel and machinery of crowded cities and restless burgeoning vitality Grant symbolizes the hope and future of the nation By comparison Lee holds the old-fashion idea which might split the nation Catton uses symbolism again to demonstrate that to Confederacy and Confederate soldiers Lee symbolizes everything they were fighting for His idea and belief on hierarchy and inequity is the motivation for them to die for Catton illustrates that because Lee is the supreme leader of his side the nation was united and peace was made immediately after he agreed to give up his idea and compromise with GrantCatton uses tone shifts after discussing many differences between Grant and Lee He begins to talk about their similarities Catton comes up with the conclusion that although they are very unlike meanwhile they are the same in the way that they are great leaders for they put the interests of the nation beyond everything else Work CitesCatton Bruce Grant and Lee A Study in Contrasts The Norton Sampler Ed Thomas Cooley Norton 2013373-379 Print
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