Cold Mountain is a book about two lovers, Inman and Ada, during the Civil War, who depart on separate journeys in hopes of reuniting with one another. The novel is viewed as the physical journey of Inman from the Civil War to Cold Mountain and the inner journey of Ada, but people neglect the importance that Inman’s spiritual journey has on the book. Inman’s physical journey is really non-connected episodes that are linked together by the thread that is Inman’s spiritual sense. Inman regains his spiritual sense, gradually, through the entire novel ending where he achieves redemption and self-completeness with his death. Inman’s journey is that of a spiritual sense where he crosses the void from the world of war to the world of spiritual belief which he left behind at Cold Mountain.
Evidence of Inman’s spiritual journey is found throughout the book. Inman’s spiritual journey is really a journey of recovering his spiritual beliefs that he lost from the Civil War. he states that General Lee, “made it clear he looked on war as an instrument for clarifying God’s obscure will” . Inman tries to distance himself from Lee’s belief as it troubles him the most. He also believed that “following such logic would soon lead one to declare the victor of every brawl and dogfight as God’s certified champion” . Thus both the horror of war and his belief for God and Christian witness he has received leads him to reject what he had been taught without having anything to put in its place. His journey then becomes clearly spiritual as he tries to find something, if anything, to replace his rejected beliefs.
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Inman begins his journey as both physically and spiritually. He tells the blind man in front of the hospital that he has been turned “hateful” by what he has seen. In describing his own spiritual condition, he uses words like “torn apart” “burned out” “empty,” “blasted” “lonesome” and even “dead”:
In fact, Inman doubts that he will ever “heal up and feel whole” again . These excerpts show that Inman sees himself as spiritually incomplete.
It’s also evident that Inman has a spiritual reawakening from the different changes he makes from the beginning of the book compared to the end. At the beginning of the book, Inman saw his spirit as “blasted away so that he had become lonesome and estranged from all around him as a sad old heron standing pointless watch in the mudflats of a pond lacking frogs” . Inman clearly states his spiritual state and shows that he doesn’t believe in easy answers to the problems. At the end of the book, Inman finds that life is worth living for when he’s reunited with Ada, and making love to Ada lets him realize this: He had been living like a dead man and this was life before him. This drastic change of thinking life is meaningless to thinking life is full of meaning shows Inman’s spiritual journey.
Inman’s journey is seen as a spiritual since he’s not only struggling with his inner demons, but with God himself. Inman feels like “God’s most marauded bantling”. To be marauded is to be, violated, or abused. Bantling is a young child but could refer to a bastard. Inman expresses that he feels like an abused child of God, God’s marauded bantling. Another example is Inman’s conversation with the blind man. He found out that the blind man was born blind, so he wonders “How did you find someone to hate for a thing that just was?” One possible answer is, of course, God himself. Inman blames God for things that have happened or afflictions that he causes from this belief. when Inman sees a meteor shower, he thinks that the meteor shower was directed at him and that he was the “butt of the celestial realm “and it’s like he fell in love with god all over again.
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In fact, his journey for forgiveness began even before he left the hospital window. Inman decided to go back home, to go to Cold Mountain. This act is a act of faith since he would be labeled as a deserter he made a choice to be with the one he loved the most and had faith in. Throughout the novel, Inman is tempted by the events that follow from his rage to lash out against anything in his way and the urge to isolate himself from the war and from society. But he finds his spirituality keeps these temptations from overcoming him. He then grows spiritually throughout the novel. And in the end, in an attempt to save Ada, Ruby, and Stobrod, he dies. This is his final act for redemption. He finally is released into a spiritual realm away from war.
These acts and examples show that Inman is developing back to his former self from before the war where life had meaning. Inman is on a spiritual journey rather than a mere physical journey back home. Inman’s journey is a deep part of the novel, and it is a key ingredient to the storyline. All of the examples in this paper point to the underlying conclusion that Inman is ultimately trying to redeem himself and fill in the empty beliefs that the war erased from his body.