With Malice Towards None Summary

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Oates, S. B. (1994). With malice toward none, a life of Abraham Lincoln. (1st ed). New York: Harper Perennial. The biography With Malice Towards None, By Stephen B. Oates follows the life of Abraham Lincoln. Oates begins by telling about how Lincoln grew up modestly, and received little education during his childhood. He tells about how Nancy Lincoln, Abrahams mother had been prone to melancholic feelings, a trait Abraham would inherit. The author explains how even though Abrahams father wanted him to be a farmer, Abraham snuck out on his own at the age of twenty-two to go to the town of New Salem, Illinois. He explains how the locals respected Abraham and how he became known as an honest straightforward man. Oates writes about how Abraham…show more content…
Oates allowed Americans to have an insight into the life of Lincoln the man, and also the president during the atrocities of the civil war. This literary work allowed America to see the originally unseen struggles in Lincoln’s everyday life. The author wrote this biography primarily to provide information to the public on the life of Abraham Lincoln. Stephen B. Oates uses this biography to teach American’s about President Abraham Lincoln, whom America knew relatively nothing…show more content…
Some themes Oates wrote into the book include: freedom, unity, and morality. Freedom became an incredibly powerful theme because, in this biography, Oates helps expounds on Lincoln’s ideas of freedom. He helps to explain how Lincoln’s idea of freedom differed from other theories popular in his time. In this literary work unity can be seen in an abundantly large way. When the south decided to secede from the Union, everything American had been built on became threatened. In the constitution, secession can be seen as unconstitutional. In history, Lincoln can be seen as one of the single most reason for morality. Lincoln can be perceived as a highly moral man. He had a strong opposition to slavery, believing that one individual owned by another was essentially wrong. These three themes help to shape the biography With Malice Towards None, by Stephen B. Oates; into the influential literary work it has become known as today. In With Malice Towards None, Oates seeks to bring Lincoln back to life in the eyes of his reader. In this Biography, he tries to blend Abraham’s political and personal lives into an accurate image of the man. The author chooses not to portray Lincoln as the cold, factual historical figure, but rather as a man rich with humanity. Oates primarily uses this biography to seamlessly wave historical and personal aspects of Lincoln’s life into one comprehensive story
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