Bret Harte Essays

  • Bret Harte Biography

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    that Bret Harte was the greatest writer of his time. Some would argue that his work was dry, but others would agree that his thought provoking work really reflected who he was and where he came from. Bret Harte lived a very interesting life that left a lasting impression on the world of Literature (Hively). Francis Bret Harte was born in Albany, New York on August 25, 1836 (Franks). Harte’s poverty-stricken family moved numerous times throughout his life (Franks). After his father died Harte and his

  • The Life and Poetry of Bret Harte

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    the local color school in American fiction. One poet who helped in this movement was Bret Harte. Bret Harte, an American author and poet, was born on August 25, 1836 in Albany, New York. His father, Henry Harte, and mother, Elizabeth Ostrander, both worked as teachers. His full name was Francis Brett Hart, but he decided to use Bret, denouncing the last T. His father then legally changed their last name to Harte instead of Hart. He practically grew up in a family that has a small financial status

  • Bret Hartes The Outcasts Of Poker Flat

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    path. All this goes to say that people must be original and “keep it real” to survive the physical and mental fatigue life throws at them and also that everything will always be real and we must be in touch with our minds to harvest the realness. Bret Harte tells of a story where a group is outcast into the world to fend for themselves during the winter season. After they have been exiled and are outside the city walls, most of the group can’t handle the situation presented before them, as quoted,

  • The Outcasts Of Poker Flat By Bret Harte

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    “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte Bret Harte, the author of the “The Outcasts of Poker Flat”, was a great American author and poet. He is best remembered for his revolutionary life in California. These people, the people with the traditional western US built him the first traditional western writer to win international popularity. “The Outcasts of Poker Flat “reflects the western attitude of his time”. “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” remains an essential bit of American

  • Literary Elements of The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

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    story by Bret Harte about a western town that has banished a group of improper people. Local color is first shown in the beginning of the story when Harte talks about the people that will be banished later on in the story. Harte described the characters using familiar western types. The Duchess, a prostitute, another who had won the title of Mother Shipton, a witch, and Uncle Billy a suspected sluice robber and confirmed drunkard. The use of local color is shown as Harte describes

  • Bret Harte Stereotypes

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    Flat, Harte uses local color to educate his readers what can result when we judge others by their cover and manifests that the outward appearance of someone’s circumstances are not always what they seem. Local color is the main theme of Harte’s work. “In fact- and it is a fact characteristic of Bret Harte,- the only satire pure and simple, in his works is that which he directs against hypocrisy.” (Merwin, 4) He shows that society, as well as its citizens, can overcome their trials in life

  • The Outcasts Of Poker Flat Analysis

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    Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte supports these thoughts. In The Outcasts of Poker Flat, Harte uses John Oakhurst,The Duchess, and Piney Woods to display morally ambiguous characters, and relate back to a popular situation of today

  • The Outcast Of Poker Flat By Bret Harte

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    The Outcast of Poker Flat “The Outcast of Poker Flat” was published on January 1869 and was written by Bret Harte. His real-life experience was the inspiration to write this story - the hardships of living and earn money while living in a harsh and relatively primitive region of the United States, the West. The main plot focuses around a group of people that tries to survive against the forces of nature and bad luck. The story starts in a small gold-mining town in California, Poker Flat. In the

  • Local-Color Regionalism in Tennessees Partner

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    characteristics, dialect, customs and humor. In Bret Harte’s Tennessee’s Partner, these characteristics helped the story jump off the page, allowing the reader to understand the “times” rather than just the characters. And, for that reason, I feel that this is an outstanding piece of work. One of the most distinguishable characteristics of local-color regionalism writing is the usage of authentic dialect based on the story’s setting. In Tennessee’s Partner, Harte uses this tactic best when quoting the title

  • Bret Harte's The Outcast Of Poker Flat

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    We all can change even if we have made a lot of mistakes. Is that what Bret Harte meant in this short story The Outcast of Poker Flat? The story takes place in a western town called Poker Flat in the gold rush era. This city exiles a group of awkward people because the city was facing a moral decline and in the effort to restore their way of living, they decided to exile another group of people that they believed were immoral, and this group was our main characters. Mr. Oakhurst a professional gambler

  • Roaring Camp

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    died giving birth. Sometimes one doesn’t realize how much he needs to change until he gets a subtle push from fate. Just a little addition to the world can cause a regeneration of a lifetime. Bret Harte demonstrates this idea in the story "The Luck of Roaring Camp." In this story, Bret Harte shows that even the roughest men can regenerate into kind, gentle, wholesome people, with the love of a child. 	"The term "roughs" applied to them was a distinction rather than

  • Morality Among the Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

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    Morality Among the Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte As Mr. John Oakhurst, gambler, stepped into the main street of Poker Flat on the morning of the twenty third of November, 1850, he was conscious of a change in its moral atmosphere from the preceding night. Two or three men, conversing earnestly together, ceased as he approached, and exchanged significant glances. There was a Sabbath lull in the air, which, in a settlement unused to Sabbath influences, looked ominous. Mr. Oakhurst's calm handsome

  • Bad Guys in The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

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    The Outcasts of Poker Flat” In the short story “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte we see a reoccurring theme with the characters within the story. Most of the characters in “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” seemed to be “bad guys”, majority prove by the end of the story that they were genuinely good people. The theme that even wicked people can change is very prevalent with three characters. The town of Poker Flat was determined to get rid of specific characters that were cause for trouble and

  • Dialects in American Literature

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    Mark Twain, Bret Harte, and William Dean Howells. The use of dialect in American literature comes from using a combination of realism and regionalism. According to dictionary.com “realism is an inclination toward literal truth and pragmatism and regionalism is the use of regional characteristics, as of locale, custom, or speech, in literature or art.” Regionalism includes local language, which is often expressed by using dialect. Three examples of accurately capturing regionalism are: Bret Harte’s “The

  • Pollution Essay: Climate Change

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    John Harte is an ecologist from the University of California at Berkley. He is trying to find out whether heat stimulates further trace-gas from solid or not. He is going to conduct an experiment that will tell him if the greenhouse effect could start a cycle that would cause the effects to be worse than already predicted. The experiment will begin December of 1996 and will run for no less than three years. Harte has stretched a twelve foot high grid of cables above 300 square yards of land

  • The Poweful Message of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five

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    The Children's Crusade or A Duty Dance With Death, is no exception to his fixation. "A work of transparent simplicity [and] a modern allegory, whose hero, Billy Pilgrim, shuffles between Earth and its timeless surrogate, Tralfamadore" (Riley and Harte 452), Slaughterhouse Five shows a "sympathetic and compassionate evaluation of Billy's response to the cruelty of life" (Bryfonski and Senick 614). This cruelty stems from death, time, renewal, war, and the lack of compassion for human life; all large

  • Butler Quotes And Summary

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    Bret Hribar Q1:     Butler’s theory of desire separates all desires into two groups, the desire for “self-love” and the desire for “particular affection”, which are all other desires like hunger, sleep, or sex. “Self-love” is a person general desire for happiness, this, as Butler states is an internal desire, a desire for our own enjoyment and satisfaction. Butler separates this desire from the desire for “particular affections” because these are all external desires, the

  • Cyranos Inevitable Destiny

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    he defies any opposing force that comes against him. He refuses to listen to any sound advice from his friends. The most obvious example is when he refuses De Guiche's offer to be his patron. Instead of accepting the advice from his best friend, Le Bret, he has a rousing “No Thank You” tirade in front of the Cadets where he openly refuses to be under De Guiche’s patronage, proclaiming that living under another man's honor is beneath him. “Seek for the patronage of some great man, And like a creeping

  • American Tragedy

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    American Psycho is a savage account of a wealthy investment banker in the late 80s that commits heinous acts of murder, rape, and torture. Although on the surface, American Psycho seems as though it is just another horror story, it actually has a much deeper message. This story is a harsh critique of a superficial Wall Street society in the late 80s that was rampant with materialism and greed. This is the society in which the main character Patrick Bateman lives–where appearance, material possessions

  • To Live and Die in LA

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    demolished. And of course LA’s budget is in the toilet, it has become the toilet, we take decades to find serial killers and oh how you hate the traffic, nobody reads a book anymore, everyone has an agent — you use the word “soulless” maybe, or invoke Bret Easton Ellis, and man, you never even think of what Tupac would say to you. KDAY, this afternoon, was feeling Tupac like nobody’s business. Nothing but Tupac would do. Tupac after Tupac after Tupac, and I didn’t change it as I sat in the traffic