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Soldier's Heart Author

Gary Paulsen

Soldier's Heart Genre

Historical Fiction

Soldier's Heart Setting: Years

1861-1867

Soldier's Heart Setting: What States?

Minnesota, Maryland, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Virginia

Charley

Protagonist: naive at the begining (thought life was easy); old in the mind at the end of the story

Mrs. Goddard

Let Charley go to war; Ignorant

Nelson

wounded soldier who took his own life

Orren

Charley's younger brother

External Conflicts

War: North vs South

Internal Conflicts

Charley struggles w/ staying alive
Charley struggles w/ images of war (at the end)
Charley struggles w/ being lonely
Charley struggles w/ knowing there will be more way

Soldier's Heart Theme: War

War isn't just a fun game - it's serious & devastating

Soldier's Heart Theme: Enemy

You mind is your greates enemy

Soldier's Heart Theme: Lessons

Think twice before you do something / investigate

Symbolism: 2 colliding bullets

heat of battle, at the worst of the battle

Symbolism: horses

destruction of the innocent

Symbolism: Confederate pistol

All that he's been through, mental (Mind) torment (pain)

Symbolism: Wall of dead bodies

Death, loss, the "wall" Charley's put up (protection around his mind)

Symbolism: Overpriced Pie

War - more lost than won

Symbolism: Nelson

Innocent version of Charley

Symbolism: coffee

War is always a part of him

afflict

to cause pain to; to trouble greatly, cause distress

contort

to twist or bend out of shape

inevitable

not to be avoidaed; certain to come

plummet

plunge or drop

prosperous

doing well; successful; thriving

ravenous

very hungry; greedy

rudimentary

elementary; to be learned or studied first

stationary

standing still; not movable; having a fixed place

Years of the Civil War

1861-1865

Major issue in the Civil War

Slavery

Lincoln elected president

1860

11 Southern states seceded and formed this

Confederate States of Americas

North Advantages

More people, Federal arms, more supplies, road instructions

Southern Advantages

Experienced military & generals

Who was "winning" in the beginning of the war?

South

2 important victories in the North

Vicksburg, Gettysburg

When did General Lee surrender to the North?

1865

Where did General Lee surrender to the North?

Appomatox Court House

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