The Naked and the Dead Characters

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Sergeant William Brown

Brown is an insecure young man who doubts his abilities as a soldier. He is obsessed with the thought of his wife cheating on him while he is at war.

General Cummings

Cummings is the commander of the invading American forces on Anopopei and has an "almost unique ability to extend his thoughts into immediate and effective action." A brilliant and ambitious fascist, he believes that totalitarianism is preferable to communism because "it's grounded firmly in men's actual natures " He insists "there's never a man who can swear to his own innocence. We're all guilty, that's the truth." In order to obtain victory, he attempts to break his men's spirits. He explains: "there's one thing about power. It can flow only from the top down. When there are little surges of resistance at the middle levels, it merely calls for more power to be directed downward...

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