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Out of the Dust

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Kourtney Murphy

on 27 November 2013

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Transcript of Out of the Dust

Out of the Dust
Written by Karen Hesse

In this story, there are tons of important factors. First there is the plot. The plot is that there is girl whose name is Billie Jo, and she is going through the hardship of the dust bowl with her family. Billie Jo is the main character, and she is a young girl who is intelligent and creative. When state tests came, she had the highest test scores in the whole eighth grade. The conflict in the story is man vs. nature because Billie Jo and her family had to survive all on their own while experiencing the dust bowl. The themes in this story portrays darkness and light, including that even though the family was going through a hard time(which was the dust bowl) and knowing that no matter what the results were, the family would be with each other, which was added through the novel. The setting of the story takes place in the 1920's through the 1930's in the Panhandle. This setting also anticipates that it is very dark and gloomy, which can also be another theme, and that can also reflect on the character's emotions.
The plot of this story is that there is a small family that is going through a terrible dust bowl. Every time they go outside, they have to be careful not to let in the dust, or else everything will be contaminated. Towards the middle of the story, the mother of the small family dies and they have to be able to survive without her, meaning they would have to cook, clean, and take care of the other kids. Nearing the end of the story, the dust bowl gets better and all the land and the crops begin to grow back healthy.
1." The way I see it, hard times aren't only about ,money or drought, or dust. Hard times are about losing spirit, and hope, and what happens when dreams dry up. "
This quote is significant because it was really dry in the times of the dust bowl, and there was no water, so when they had water for the first time, it was kind of like a miracle. It also is saying that worldly things do not matter, but it is what is in the inside the heart and the soul that count.
2."And I know that all the time I was trying to get out of the dust, the fact is, what I am, I am because of the dust. And what I am is good enough. Even for me."
This is a special quote because it is telling the reader that Billie Jo is proud of who she is, and no one can change her no matter if they tried to. It is also saying that having responsibilities of cleaning the dust is creating a more mature personality and life.
3."I hear the first drops. Like the tapping of a stranger at the door of a dream, the rain changes everything."
Like the first quote, this one is also describing in a similie that they are getting rain again and everything is starting to get a little bit better. This can also reflect on how she has responsibilities and how it can make thing easier for her by not having to sweep up so much dust for that day.
Biblical Point of View
In this novel, there are some relations to the Bible. In one scene, Billie Jo saved her mom when a fire broke loose in her house, leaving her with no hands, but her mom did die. This relates to the Bible because Jesus saved us from our sins on the cross, and he died. In the passage I read, it pointed the verse John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." This contrasts to the Bible because, well, Billie Jo's mother is not Jesus.
The setting of this story is set in the 1920's to the 1930's in the Panhandle, and there is a dust bowl and everything is dark and gloomy.
Point of view
The point of view of this story is through the eyes of Billie Jo, the main character, and it is all written in a journal or a diary.
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