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Until the novel Burr, Aaron Burr was just a footnote in the figurative textbook of American history. He has long been known for the fatal shooting of Alexander Hamilton in 1804, the charges of treason brought against him in 1807, and less notably for his term as vice President of the United States. Burr finnaly put a personal story to the man whose legendary temperament

and bitterness gave the impression of a real life Scrooge. The novel does not portray the main charicter as an entirely positive figure; and on the same note, does not put him in a completley negative light either. The opinion of Burr himself is derived completley from the reader, taking in the good and bad, respectivley. With this in mind, it makes the absorption

of both positve and negative information from the text more objective.

As to follow the stereotype, the aspects of the book that portray Burr in a negative light will be examend first. Perhaps the most obvious and definitely

the primary mention of a question to Burrs charicter resides in the beging pages of the book. Although this lists information that would be considered common knowledge

of Burr, it tends to set a negative tone when the uppermost negative events of his life are listed primary to any other information:

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Does this preface the majority of information to support the widespread theory that Burr is a chronically negative person? Quite possibly when the man closest to him embraces that negativness:

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