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Looking Into The Oregon Trail Think of mans many great achievements in life to strive towards everlasting freedom from the world in which we are entrapped Francis Parkman the author of The Oregon Trail takes the reader along on a grueling journey westward through the new found prairies and deserts of the mid west by using a style of well written imagery and word choice to get the reader to understand the theme and purpose of why people risked their lives traveling across the country for what they sought to be a better life The pain that was suffered by the settlers the rode on the Oregon Trail is documented well due to the authors use of vivid imagery For example after the party had reached the settlements Parkman talks of a man who could not survive the conditions of the trail by saying the wolves have howled their moonlight carnival over the old mans remains Parkman 337 Through this descriptive phrasing of speech the author invokes a picture of the dead soul to materialize in the readers mind The picture inflicts a man being alone and forgotten on the barren landscape of the trail It is well perceived that the weak had a very poor chance of making this journey due to the length and determination it would take to reach their destination The use of imagery tells the reader that only men and women of good health mind and strength had a chance of surviving The Oregon Trail Works Cited Parkman Francis The Oregon Trail The Oregon Trail The Conspiracy of Pontiac New York NY Literary Classics of the United States Inc 1991
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