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"The Outcasts of Poker Flat"
Transcript of "The Outcasts of Poker Flat"
Poker Flat California Nov. 23 to Dec 7 1850
John Oakhurst: a gambler forced out of Poker Flat because he won to much
the Duchess and Mother Shipton; Prostitutes who are banished
Uncle Billy: a thief and drunkard who is forced out
Tom Simson: Young man who leaves town to be with the other undesirables
Piney Woods: Tom's sweet heart, leaves with him they had planed to get married in Poker Flat
By: Nancy Kotnik, Anne Kish, Annie Bartholomew, Julia Nahrstedt, Audrey Quinn, Olivia Csiszar
"The Outcasts of Poker Flat" -Harte
Desire to record, celebrate, and mythologize the diversity of the U.S' different geographical regions
Attention to recording accurately that speech mannerisms, behavior, and beliefs of people in specific regions
Local color writing "paints" the local scenes and tends toward the humorous and sentimental
Embraces and specifically characterizes a geographical region and its people
Includes speech, dress, beliefs and social interactions
Contains eccentric characters and whimsical humor
Crucial to contain vernacular
Vernacular-language spoken by the people in a particular locality
Best was to capture a regions heart and soul
Mr. Oakhurst, the gambler, decides to kill himself
Chooses the certain route of death over the uncertainty of life
Mr. Oakhurst getting kicked out of Poker Flat because of his great success in winning
Man (outcasts) vs. Society(getting kicked out of town)
Man (outcasts) vs. Nature (snow storm)
Man (Mr. Oakhurst) vs. Self (gambling)
Beginning of story: quiet, peaceful, hopeful
"There was a Sabbath lull in the air, which, in a statement unused to Sabbath influences, looked ominous."
Mr. Oakhurst is hesitant to stop at the camp Sandy Bar
Warns that danger lies ahead
When the group got exiled
Shows that they saw their death in the future
Middle to end: Depressing, sad, weeping
Examples of Regionalism and Local Color
" A few committee had urged hanging him as a possible example, and a sure method of reimbursing themselves from his pockets of sums he had won from them."
- This tells of the history and culture of the story because they still believe in hanging for self justice just like the south did a long time ago.
" The road to Sandy Bar- a camp... lay over a steep mountain range... moist, temperature regions of the foot-hills into the dry, cold, bracing air of the Sierras. The trail was narrow and difficult..."
-This tells that they are traveling through harsh conditions since they are in the cold California Sierra mountain trails.
" The ruined cabin, patched and covered with pine-boughs... roofless cabin."
-This tells of the conditions they had to face in the 1800s when banished from a California town.
"Mr. Oakhurst, sotto voce to the innocent,'If you're willing to board us. If you ain't- and perhaps you'd better not- you can wait until Uncle Billy gets back with provisions'."
- This shows the history of these people because of the way and what they said to each other back then.