giants of the earth

giants of the earth - "The land will remain forever, while...

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The land will remain forever, while the people passing through it will come and go.” That passing occurred very differently for the two Norwegian immigrants in Giants of the Earth . For Per the land of the West was opportunity and optimism, for Beret it was only isolation and sadness. The book’s opening sets a reoccurring theme for the rest of the book: Per’s eternal optimism and hope and Beret’s unending pessimism and paranoia. After Per’s wagon, holding his family and all of his earthly possessions, breaks down he tells the rest of the wagon train to go on with out him. In the middle of the great plains, three weeks away from anywhere close to familiar, Per attempts to fix his wagon -- alone. As is too be expected, they become miserably lost without the rest of their company. Even with no idea where the rest of their party was Per continues to remain optimistic, walking ahead of the wagon with his son, looking for signs of thier train. Beret, on the other hand, begins to realize that she may have gotten herself in too
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course HIS 246 taught by Professor Darrelm.robertson during the Spring '08 term at Northland.

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