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The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Questions
10/28/2012
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2. Potter feels internal conflict on the train. Potter feels like he committed a crime by marrying the woman without the town's permission because he "thought of his duty to his friends... that he felt was he was heinous." He is bringing his wife, who represents change, to the old west. 3. The drummer is in the story for exposition. By asking questions like "What is this anyhow? You don't mean there is going to be a gun-fight?" and "What did you say his name was?" the reader learns about Scratchy Wilson naturally, without the text explicitly stating it. 4. Mrs. Potter is very quiet, reserved, and self-conscious in new environments. You can see this in part one, where "she continually twisted her head to regard her puff sleeves, very stiff, straight, and high. They embarrassed her." Mrs. Potter represents change coming to the old west. Scratchy Wilson is the opposite, he is loud, outgoing and confident in himself. Wilson represents the old west, where shootouts between criminals and sheriffs still occur. 5.The setting is significant because it helps convey the theme, which is the conflict between the east and west. Scratchy's behavior is the last fragment of the old west, as the rest of the town has become civilized, as evidenced by the train and Scratchy's "maroon-colored flannel shirt, which had been purchased for purposes of decoration, and made principally by some Jewish women on the east side of New York" 6. Crane creates suspense by having Potter and Wilson talk a lot. They talk for the majority of the part, and only at the end is the suspense relieved. A lot of back story about Wilson is learned through the suspense, so it is a major point of the story. 7. Scratchy Wilson is an effective sympathetic character because of part four. We learn that he is a man with a mind of a child, who views the town as his "toy to play with." He is a dynamic character because he finally matures at the end. He puts...
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