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Under The Lion's Paw

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Ben Blake

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of Under The Lion's Paw

Under the Lion's Paw
By Ben Blake and Sonny Applegate
Summary
Haskins family arrives at Jim Council’s farm

Haskins' family is looking for a place to live
Jim Council tells them that Jim Butler has land for sell

Mr. Haskins after three years has turned the farm into a completely different and better home.
In the last scene it is Mr. Haskins sitting alone, crushed under the “Lion's Paw” of humanities greed.
Thesis
Style - Southern

Written by a southern author who focused on characterization and style.

The setting depicts the south in America around the 1890s.

Has southern speech, ideals, and hardships,
such as Mr. Haskins being eaten out of his house by grasshoppers and cruel winters.

Regionalism - Harsh

The story was written during the regionalism period.

Has signs of “Local Color” with its major focuses of characters and setting.

The story is very blunt and has a tragic ending with Haskins either losing all of his money, or the property that he worked so hard to build up.

style/characterization/setting

Under the Lion’s Paw relies heavily on characterization to draw emotion to the story and put the reader in perspective. the characterization helps to fill in all of the holes and draws the reader in and make it seem like Haskins was under Butler’s paw, trapped and fighting for life.

Conclusion

I would not have changed anything about the story. I believe it provides a very prominent example of how a person's greed may result in a negative outcome on the lives of others. Also the setting adds a nice perspective and adds flavor to the story.

This story relates to our thesis,“In Hamlin Garland’s short story Under the Lion’s Paw, a contrast of emotional and rational views of Mr.Haskins and Jim Butler and the use of southern diction style and harsh regionalism, to show how humanities greed when hidden by a friendly facade, and once revealed, may ruin another’s opportunities of success.”, because Butler pretended to be honest, but was actually out to make money and this ruined Haskins’ life.


Jim Butler, after seeing the new farm decides that it is worth more and proceeds to raise the price, the new price is too high for Mister Haskins to afford.

In Hamlin Garland’s short story Under the Lion’s Paw, a contrast of emotional and rational views of Mr.Haskins and Jim Butler and the use of southern diction style and harsh regionalism, to show how humanities greed when hidden by a friendly facade, and once revealed, may ruin another’s opportunities of success.

Diction - Southern

Each character has as southern accent.

The speech is often slurred and has letters taken away to add effect. "Oh, y' want 'o stay all night, eh, ?"
The diction is a major part of the story.

FIN
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