Protagonists and Point of View in Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels
Crack! A lone rifle fires off in the distance on a rainy July morning. A lone soldier in the Calvary fires the shot that starts the bloodiest battle that ever takes place on United States soil. Michael Shaara's book The Killer Angels (1974) takes place during the Battle of Gettysburg and focuses on the thoughts of the individual commanders who led the troops. This thrilling novel covers the four days of this famous battle that took place in July 1863. Through his writing, the author uses point of view to tell a story about what the commanders on both sides of the field were thinking throughout the famous conflict. In doing this, Shaara also makes it so that all …show more content…
Another one of the main characters is General John Buford who commands the Union Calvary. Before the war, Buford fought in the Indian Wars, and he has learned how to fight a battle against an enemy that greatly outnumbers him. He has lost faith in most of the Union officers after he was injured in a battle where reinforcements were supposed to arrive, but they never did. He also believes in the Union cause, so he engages the confederate army at Gettysburg with hope for help and the knowledge that he can fight from the woods behind him if the need arises. Before replacements come to help out Buford, he comments to one of the officers under his command to put both of his brigades into the same area so that the Confederates, led by Harry Heth, will "run into two brigades. . . that should hold him until Reynolds [help] gets here" (90). This is done, and Buford's Calvary is able to hold off the Confederate soldiers until the reinforcements do arrive. In this chapter, Sharra writes so that the reader thinks the Union soldiers won't hold, but they still are hoping for the best.
Another one of the main characters from the Confederate Army is General Robert E. Lee, who is the commander of the entire Confederate Army. Lee was offered the job as Commanding General of the Union Army, but he turned it down because he could not fight a war against