A Mother in Mannville

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“A Mother in Mannville” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: 

“A Mother in Mannville” by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings “I don’t understand. He has no mother …”

Themes and Ideas: 

Themes and Ideas Realism, but with an imaginary setting, establishes the universality of the author’s message and ideas. Desire for a close relationship with others is a common trait. Sometimes people choose to be less than honest in order to protect themselves, their independence, or sense of self worth. Self-reliance and responsibility are traits to be admired.

Setting: 

Setting The imaginary city of Mannville is located in the mountains of the state of North Carolina. The major city located in that area of mountains, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, is Asheville, NC. (Is the similarity between the names a coincidence?)

The real thing; Looking Glass Rock, 18 miles outside of Asheville: 

The real thing; Looking Glass Rock, 18 miles outside of Asheville

Setting: 

Setting “The orphanage is high in the Carolina mountains.”

Setting; specific locations: 

Setting; specific locations Most of the action of the story takes place in or near a rustic cabin, located in a remote section of the mountain wilderness. Streams, mountain laurel, and the backdrop of the mountain vistas provide a sense of isolation and beauty.

Setting; details/time: 

Setting; details/time “… late spring … rhododendron and laurel in bloom … pink and white.”

The real thing; campsite along stream in Shining Rock Wilderness.: 

The real thing; campsite along stream in Shining Rock Wilderness.

A North Carolina freestone mountain stream; water is life.: 

A North Carolina freestone mountain stream; water is life.

The real thing; Middle Prong of the East Fork of the Pigeon River.: 

The real thing; Middle Prong of the East Fork of the Pigeon River.

The mountain stream; purity and clarity are its hallmarks.: 

The mountain stream; purity and clarity are its hallmarks. “Integrity … possesses it with the purity, the simplicity of a mountain stream.”

The real thing; can you find the trout hiding in the clear water?: 

The real thing; can you find the trout hiding in the clear water?

Same question, another example?: 

Same question, another example?

Sunset behind a mountain range.: 

Sunset behind a mountain range.

The real thing? No, but some equally beautiful colors!: 

The real thing? No, but some equally beautiful colors!

The color known as “Carolina blue” is typical of a pleasant summer day. Before a storm, other shades of blue paint the Carolina skies.: 

The color known as “Carolina blue” is typical of a pleasant summer day. Before a storm, other shades of blue paint the Carolina skies.

The blue-gray of Jerry’s eyes?: 

The blue-gray of Jerry’s eyes? “… fog filled the mountain passes so treacherously …” “… eyes like the mountain sky, when rain is pending.”

Rustic cabin; the simple life of an open fire and a loyal dog.: 

Rustic cabin; the simple life of an open fire and a loyal dog.

The real thing; old photo of an even older cabin.: 

The real thing; old photo of an even older cabin.

Companionship & Love?: 

Companionship & Love? “There is a strange communion between a boy and a dog.” “I brought Pat some of my breakfast this morning. I wouldn’t have let anything happen to him.”

Responsibility & Integrity: 

Responsibility & Integrity “I’ll pay for it, he said. I broke it. I brought the axe down careless.”

Fall in the mountains hints that winter’s chill will touch the soul.: 

Fall in the mountains hints that winter’s chill will touch the soul.

Seasons pass. Even in winter, spring is a promise.: 

Seasons pass. Even in winter, spring is a promise. “… the flaming maples of October …” “Sometimes in winter the snowdrifts are so deep …”

The real thing; the Black Mountains range, near Mt. Mitchell.: 

The real thing; the Black Mountains range, near Mt. Mitchell.

Spring can be reluctant to follow winter in the mountains .: 

Spring can be reluctant to follow winter in the mountains .

Spring in the mountains; hope and rebirth are reflected in nature.: 

Spring in the mountains; hope and rebirth are reflected in nature. “… late spring … rhododendron and laurel in bloom … pink and white.” What becomes of both Jerry’s and the narrator’s hopes for their relationship?

Characters; the author?: 

Characters; the author? A compassionate person. Respects Jerry’s integrity and self-reliance. Resents Jerry’s mother for abandoning him. Might have behaved differently with additional information. Does not always follow through on intentions.

Characters; Jerry?: 

Characters; Jerry? An orphan. Self-reliant and honorable. Code of ethics precludes him from seeking sympathy. Lies so as not to “force” narrator to care about him.

Characters; Jerry’s Mother?: 

Characters; Jerry’s Mother? A fiction. Could the narrator have been Jerry’s ideal mother? Why would Jerry invent a mother when he has none? Do we all idealize life to make up for the people or things we are lacking?