The Killer Angels

The Killer Angels


Michael Shaara

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Rainstorms frame the action in The Killer Angels. Throughout most of the novel, the threat of rain and storm symbolizes impending violence and disaster; yet, by the end of the book, the long-anticipated eruption…

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Though he makes sparing use of the image, Shaara uses angels to symbolize humanity’s potential for both transcendence and atrocity. As a schoolboy, Joshua Chamberlain had delivered Hamlet’s soliloquy including the line, “What a piece…

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