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Month: August 2016

Turner’s Frontier Thesis Compared to River of Shadows and Train Dreams

A fundamental aspect of Turner’s Frontier thesis focuses on the relationship between “savagery and civilization” (1134). In Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, protagonist Grainier constantly retreats to an area of isolation in the woods, one where “the forests that [fill] his life [are] so thickly populous” that “they [block] him from seeing how far away the…

An American Morality Tale: Train Dreams & River of Shadows

Never before seen on such a grand scale, the Great Strike, as mentioned in River of Shadows, caused significant countrywide unrest. While highlighting a division between railroad workers and common civilians, the movement conveyed an incredible power only achievable with such a vast number of participants. Solnit wrote, “Half the nation’s…