Please answer these questions in about 300 words. Thank you
Part I: What was your overall impression of the novel you chose? Was it
what you expected?
I chose "The Prophet
of the Great Smoky Mountains" by Mary Noailles Murfree
Part II: What, in your opinion, are the most important characteristics
that distinguish American literature?
Part III: Describe the character
you have chosen to write about in your final project. Give us an overview of
why you chose him or her and how he or she fits the American mold. In other
words, give us a preview of your project.
PS - Please read this essay
and use it to answer these questions above.
The Character of Rick Tyler
Mary Noailles Murfree, the author of the storybook, The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains,
seems to reflect the feelings that individuals undergo when they are threatened
with dislocation. Written under the pen name Charles Egbert Craddrock, the
novel explores the tension that is caused by the encroaching Tennessee state
authority on the lives of the mountaineers.
It is evident in the fate of Rick Tyler, a young man who is wrongfully
accused of murder. The false accusation made Rick flee rather than him sitting
back to fight his case. One of the finest actions of Tyler in the novel is the
time when he fought with Sherriff. The novel focuses on four main characters
Rick Tyler, Greene, Dorinda, and Kelsey.
Each of the characters is strong and plays their role perfectly as
explored by the author in the novel.
The novel begins with
a meeting between Tyler and Dorinda, who seem to understand each other. Both
are aware of each other's background and nature (Craddock). Further, the novel
introduces yet another character Kelsey is a religious man. The novel then
moves on to the search of Tyler, who is falsely accused of murder. The sheriff
has even issued a reward for whoever manages to capture Tyler.
The character that
studies in this paper is Rick Tyler. This paper will analyze Rick’s character
before moving further to know what is American about him.
First, Rick Tyler is
a romantic but not a disillusioned person. From the opening part of the novel,
it is evident that he is in love with Dorinda.
However, he is not a patient type of person, as jealous befalls him
about Kelsey's presence in Dorinda's house. He knows that Kelsey is interested
in falling in love with Dorinda whom Tyler loves and would want to be with her
until eternity. Rick feels jealous when
he sees Kelsey in Dorinda's house. This
proves that he loves Dorinda and would not like anybody to interfere with their
Secondly, he is
courageous and strong. The fight between Rick and the Sherriff seem to be one
of the finest points in the novel. It shows that Rick was courageous enough to
fight with the Sheriff despite him knowing the position that the Sheriff held
in the mountaineers region. At the beginning of the book, Rick introduced the
Sherriff as a ‘raider" who is a feared leader by the ‘intruders'
(Craddock). He says that the Sheriff was in charge of arresting law breakers in
the mountaineers region who was accorded a massive, powerful frame. Despite
this, Rick did not hesitate to hold a fight with him which shows his courage.
Thirdly, Rick is a
fearful person. When Rick was wrongly accused of murder, he chose to flee away
rather than remain and face the case against him. This implies that indeed Rick
feared an encounter with the law and especially the outcome after the case hearing.
Rick knew that if he got into the hands of the Sherriff, who was in charge of
law breaker then he was going to face it rough.
Fourth, Rick is
friendly. At the beginning of the text, Rick addresses Dorinda in a friendly
tone, and he is ready to understand her background. Rick seems to be in good
terms with nearly all the characters in the book. He is a friend to Kelsey but
only starts getting worried when Kelsey is seen visiting Dorinda's house who is
Rick's lover. He remains silent just to maintain their friendship but reaches a
time when he could not entertain Kelsey's behavior. This makes him break his
friendship with Kelsey towards the end of the Novel.
Lastly, Rick is time
conscious. When he found out that he had been wrongfully framed for murder, he
waited for no time for further proves. He immediately decides on fleeing out of
the mountaineers region. Secondly, when he spots Kelsey in Dorinda's house, he
waits no time and immediately begins questioning and getting jealous of this
action. The quick manner in which Rick reacted to certain actions in the novel
shows that he was indeed time conscious.
In conclusion, not
all of Rick's characters are American but just a few. First, his friendly
character makes him American. Americans are known to be friendly to people who
surround them just like Rick was. Secondly, Rick was strong and courageous.
Americans are always strong when facing challenges that befall that befall them
and always act courageously. Thus, this character also portrayed by Rick makes
him American. Lastly, Rick is time conscious. He wastes no time when dealing
with certain issues. This is also seen in Americans who seem to waste no time
and often has a saying, ‘time waits for no man.'