On his way out of town, he is joined by The Duchess, a saloon girl; Mother Shipton, a madam; and Uncle Billy, the town drunk and a suspected robber. Oakhurst, the only one not under the influence of alcohol, urges them not to stop, but he is outnumbered.
It is a moment of awareness: He is among those sent away because of his great success in winning from those on the secret committee. In the middle of the night, Oakhurst wakes up and sees a heavy snowstorm raging.
Her lover, Tom Simson, known also as "the Innocent", met Oakhurst before and has great admiration for him, as Oakhurst won a great deal of money from Tom.
They are left to make their way through the wilderness. He is the prototype of the philosophical gambler found in Westerns and in country and western music. He decides not to abandon his fellow exiles although he finds them pathetic as he looks on them sleeping.
The "law of Poker Flat" finally arrives at the cabin, only to find the dead Duchess and Piney, embracing in a peaceful repose. Oakhurst seems to be notorious for attempting to preserve innocence recall his protectiveness of Tom Simson when he lost his gambling matchwe might view Mr.
There is a playing card, the two of clubs, pinned to the tree above his head with a note: Although it lacks a roof, the group decides to make camp there. Kayla, Owl Eyes Staff.
He is chivalrous, insisting upon switching his good riding horse Five Spot for the mule of the Duchess and refusing to use vulgar language. Oakhurst, the narrator reminds us of Mr.
A decision is made for everyone to stay the night together. The Environment Why do people judge others by stereotypes? Oakhurst takes the role of the leader and protector of the group, which leads readers to believe that he will be the one to save them all and lead them to salvation.
Poker Flat is, in the opinions of many, on a downward slope. Thus, it is a value-judgement and not based upon law. They are still snowbound on the tenth day when Mother Shipton, sick and weak, reveals to Oakhurst that she has been saving her food rations for Piney, and she dies of starvation.
Instead, he says that they probably wanted him out of town to get revenge for his winning their money during a game.Themes in The Outcasts of Poker Flat Judgement of Others: The townspeople living in Poker Flats cast judgement on the story’s main characters and exile them from the town.
The narrative describes these exiles as working in unfavorable professions: John is a gambler, the two women are prostitutes. What do you learn about the characters, based on the way each one behaves on the second day in camp? "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" 50 terms. Lit Test "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" 41 terms "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" 36 terms.
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Bret Harte is successful in using a physical journey to alter the characters personality in The Outcasts of Poker Flat.
Oakhurst, Uncle Billy, Mother Shipton, and the Dutchess all had one thing in common, they were banished from Poker Flat due to their actions.
Character Analysis in The Outcasts of Poker Flat John Oakhurst: A character of noble qualities, John is exiled not due to his unsavory nature, but out of revenge and spite. When he successfully wins a large amount of money from the leaders of the town, they have him permanently banished.
Sometimes, the behaviors of people are good topics for writers. One writer, Bret Harte, wrote about this in the s.
One of his short stories, “The Outcasts of Poker Flat,” deals with changing stereotypes.
The short story begins when the “bad” people are kicked out of a mining town called Poker Flat. "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" () is a short story written by renowned author of the American West Bret Harte.
An example of naturalism and local color of California during the first half of the nineteenth century, "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" was first published in January in the magazine Overland Monthly.Download