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In the story of Outcast of Poker Flat by Bret Harte there are four shady characters that had been excommunicated from the town of Poker Flats The main character Mr John Oakhurst was a gambler The town was willing to make a public example of anyone that they didnt trust because the town had experienced several robberies They wanted to hang Oakhurst because Its agin justice said Jim Wheeler to let this yer young man from Roaring Camp - an entire stranger - carry away our money Some of the locals in the Poker Flats had decided not to kill Mr Oakhurst because they had been fortunate enough to win a few gambles The setting of this story has special significance to the work The first significant thing that I see is the name of the town The towns name was Poker Flat This gives the impression that this is a gambling and party town of the Old West The nature of the people of Poker Flat is judgmental In truth while gambling you have to pass judgment on the nature of the person whom you are playing against It is mentioned that certain objectionable characters were removed from the town even a few ladies whose impropriety was professional The timing of this work begins on November 23 This is around the time of Thanksgiving This should be a joyous occasion to spend with family friends and the locals of the town Yet for Mr Oakhurst and his three companions this was a time of despair They were being taken out the town and under threat of execution if they returned Another interesting thing to note is the mention of the camp on the road to Sandy Bar To me this has the representation of wilderness The trail was narrow and difficult The story mentions that the spot was singularly wild and impressive The Outcasts are now in the wilderness of their lives with
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