BRET HARTE - "The Luck of Roaring Camp" (2014)Apunte Inglés
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Harte became famous by his Californian sketches.
The story Baby: transformative power, only one “little person” can bring a change (joy, happiness…) to the whole camp à REGENERATIVE POWER of a child = one possible teaching of the story. Others: how nature is destroying these men who are making too much profit of it. One day or another nature will claim what belongs to her.
Parallelisms: Jesus Birth à the community is in the margin of society and when the child is born, they decide to close the camp.
Stereotype characters: the gambler, the prostitute… When the baby is born: they bet about the surviving of the baby, the mother, the nature of the baby (appearance, because there were wide range of different men: Indian, African…).
The CHANGE OF LUCK (what the story teaches us): What is unlucky for some people, is luck for others à good luck can bring bad luck and on the other way round.
Language: standard, polite (narrator) ≠ impolite, rude (characters).
Religious influences: worship scene, the great flood (at the end), the baby is dying to carry sins from people (like Christ).
Elements from the Western tale, BUT ALSO Harte uses elements from the romance, uses sentimental words to make the story sweeter (ex. p. 120 left) à Harte is popular because he knew how to combine these two styles (≠ Twain: uses the style from the West only).