Demise Of Mountain Life: Harriette Arnow's Analysis

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In a taped interview by Mimi Conway Harriette Arnow states, “ There was no pressure or feeling that one had to be married to be a person. . .” This quote is fitting and applies to Harriette because she did not get married until she was thirty-one. Harriette Arnow (1908-1986) was associated with Naturalism, which was an outgrowth of literary realism, a prominent literary movement in mid-19th-century France and elsewhere. Harriette Arnow’s writings were based on her life events, her family raising her to be a teacher and other significant experiences.
Arnow didn't get married until 31, her mother didnt want her to marry. She came from a family of teachers. So this means and is quoted often, “ . . . she was raised to be a teacher.” She wrote under
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. . in her first two novels. . . ( Arnow ) paints a fairly constant picture of life in the hills of southeast Kentucky. . .” Tanner is saying that Arnow set her stories well, and accurately. Tanner goes on to describe how Arnow sets her stories and uses distinct American concepts of land and agriculture. I agree because according to what I’ve read, Arnow comes from Kentucky, and is familiar with the themes and land she is writing about. “ The Mountain Path was written from Arnows own life experiences as a school teacher.” (Goodreads summary) It supports my point because if she based her story on her life, she obviously knows her own life facts. In a taped interview with Mimi Conway, Mimi asks, “ Now when you went to teach in Pulaski County, what was the name of the actual place?” Arnow replies with, “ Well they called it Possum Trot School. I’ve forgotten if it had a better name.” This interview is proof her stories have real life experience in them. Mimi: “ Was that also the name of the place, Possum Trot?” Arnow: “ Was it Hargis? No. Perhaps it was Hargis.” Later in this long quote she describes her town's post office and trading place. She knows what she is talking
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