Benedict Arnold. The name has become synonymous with the word traitor, an epithet used against anyone who appears to or actually betrays their loyalties. But what would cause an American hero to reverse his course and offer his services to a sworn enemy? There are some seemingly obvious reasons, such as money, anger, or ambition, all of which played a part in Arnold’s case. However, his motivations run much deeper and attest to the character of the man. A character molded by the roller coaster of success and failure that Arnold rode throughout his life, beginning with an initial, disastrous plunge in his early teens. That plunge caused psychological wounds that festered internally over the years, erupting under the pressure of war and ultimately bringing him down.
Young, Elizabeth D.
"From Hero to Traitor: The Motivations of Benedict Arnold,"
Saber and Scroll: Vol. 3
, Article 9.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.apus.edu/saberandscroll/vol3/iss1/9
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