Jack Henry Abbott
He has read widely, especially philosophy, and has settled on Communism as the best and ideal political system for the world. He considers himself a revolutionary and looks forward to a world dominated by Communism.
They are members of a fraternity which protects its own.
He is the man Jack Abbott is writing to in his series of letters.
This character's poem involves welcoming the winter (despair, sadness, punishment) for only with winter can there be a spring. It celebrates damage done to the body and mind, for this damage has strengthened body and mind.
He wrote that we do not shed tears because we are sad; we are sad because we shed tears.
He stabbed and killed a prison guard after the guard tried to break up his poker game...
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