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Nancy E. Turner
Sarah - a young woman who travelled west with her family and
eventually marries Jimmy and has a daughter, only for Jimmy to die.
She faces many trials and hardships. - Conflict(s)
- Most important
Death - Death follows Sarah, where she loses her young brother
Antagonist and Details Clover, her father, her first husband Jimmy, and her second baby in a
miscarriage. Although death does make her who she is, it causes her
- Most important
toward Savannah - The wife of Sarah's brother, Albert. She is a quaker girl.
Secondary Characters Sarah saves her family from near death.
Jimmy - Sarah's first husband.
Jack - Sarah's second husband, whom she deeply loves.
- Most important Albert - Sarah's older brother who married Savannah in order to
forget his grief
Mama - Sarah's mother, she deeply misses her husband and son and
works hard to raise her children after losing her husband and child.
- How main
Key Plot Detail
Resolution Sarah and her family move to Arizona where she experiences many
hardships and trials, such as losing her father and brother. As she
becomes familiar with others, she falls in love with two men but
marries Jimmy and has a daughter with him. When she thinks her
life is good, Jimmy dies, after this sudden death, she falls in love
with Jack and marries him, only to later have a miscarriage. At last
she has children and along the way looks at her life, and learns from
her experiences as a daughter, mother, and a once widow. Central Themes
- - A theme which appears in this story is coming of age.
Because her diary begins with her as a young 16 year old and
the audience watches her develop into a 26 year old, acts of
maturity and adolescence can both be seen.
Another theme is life and death, she loses two husbands and
even has a miscarriage, signifying the death in her life, but
despite this trauma, she picks herself up, signifying the life
in her personality as well as her strength. - The story took place in the Arizona territories in the United
States between 1891 and 1901, following Sarah from the age
of 16 to the age of 26. - The tone of the author seems to be a pity and sympathy for
herself, as well as a deep love and empathy for the ones she
cares for, such as her daughter. Therefore there is a
sympathetic, yet gloomy undertone. - The story is a diary, therefore an autobiography written in
first person by Sarah Agnes Prine herself. Setting
plot, mood, and
reader. - Description:
gloomy. Point of View
- POV: i.e., why
did the author
choose it? Elements of Style
dialogue. The author uses symbolism. One example of symbolism would be
the symbol of education. When the book starts, her grammar seems
to be that of an illiterate person, but transforms and improves.
throughout the story. ...
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