The Grangerfords and Shepherdsons (what is he critiquing? (not practising…
The Grangerfords and Shepherdsons
use of satire/irony
"Next Sunday we all went to church, about three mile, everybody a-horseback. The men took their guns along.."
hypocrisy of religion
taking guns to church
"What was the trouble about, Buck - land?" "I reckon maybe - I don't know"
"Well, who done the shooting - was it a Grangerford or a Sheperdson?"
'Laws how do I know? it was so long ago"
"He didn't have to tell anybody to mind their manners- everybody was always good mannered where he was."
"He was gentleman all over: and so was his family."
"Sometimes he smiled, and it was good to see; but when he straightened himself up like a liberty-pole, and the lightning begun to flicker out from under his eyebrows, you wanted to climb a tree first, and find out what the matter was afterwards."
"Col, Grangerford was a gentleman you see."
"...the oldest, gray and about sixty, the other two thirty or more - all of them fine and handsome - and the sweetest old gray-headed lady..."
"Grangerford was very tall and very slim, and had a darkish-paly complexion, not a sign of red in it anywheres.."
"Then there was Miss Charlotte, she was twenty-five, and tall and proud and grand, but as good as she could be, when she warn't stirred up; but when she was, she had a look that would make you wilt in your tracks, like her father."
sentence structure and punctuation
dialogue and idiom
“Did you want to kill him, Buck?”
“Well, I bet I did.”
“What did he do to you?”
“Him? He never done nothing to me.”
“Well, then, what did you want to kill him for?”
“Why, nothing—only it’s on account of the feud.”
“I ain’t agoing to tell all that happened - it would make me sick again if I was to do that. I wished I hadn’t ever come ashore that night, to see such things. I ain’t ever going to get shut of them - lots of times I dream about them.”
“Look here, if you’re telling the truth you needn’t be afraid—nobody'll hurt you. But don't try to budge; stand right where you are. Rouse out Bob and Tom, some of you, and fetch the guns."
links to Bowling for Columbine
fear of one another
holding a grudge on one another
unnecessary gun use
what is he critiquing?
violence with no purpose
people who don't realise they're wrong and justify their actions for the wrong reasons
not practising what you preach
going to church just for the sake of it rather than having a real passion for the religion
the face that Americans of "America" places on themselves to hide the ugly beneath e.g. the Shepherdsons look nice and all well before they get stirred up and upset
Willing to follow blindly