IMPORTANT – *Work must be original (No plagiarism)*Pre-reading activities (do this first)Many of the concepts in this lesson were developed based on this essay by Sheri Helms:Crane’s Realistic Treatment of War in “The Red Badge of Courage” by Sheri Helms.http://www.lonestar.edu/redbadgeofcourage.htmRead it by clicking on the link. This resource provides useful background information for understanding this novel.Read The Red Badge of Courage available at this link:http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Stephen_Crane/The_R…LESSON REVIEWDirections: Read the Something New? and other information below and answer the questions marked with an *.Something New?Think about: Critics and contemporaries of Stephen Crane recognized in his particular brand of realism something surprising and new. Identifying the stylistic elements that made such a striking impression on readers is the primary goal of this lesson. Read the excerpts below to understand how the writer’s techniques were original at that time, and also understand how these techniques have become commonplace today. Theorize how the stylistic elements helped contribute to the impression this novel made on readers.”Mr. Stephen Crane, the author of The Red Badge of Courage, is a great artist, with something new to say, and consequently, with a new way of saying it.”-George Wyndham on Crane’s remarkable book, New Review (January 1896, xiv, 30-40).”The Red Badge impels the feeling that the actual truth about a battle has never been guessed before…”-Harold Frederic, London editor of the New York Times (January 12, 1896).”Of our own smaller fiction I have been reading several books without finding a very fresh note except in The Red Badge of Courage, by Mr. Stephen Crane.”-William Dean Howells, from Howells review, Harper’s Weekly (October 26, 1895, xxxix, 1013).The Red Badge of Courage… is the narrative of two processes: the process by which a raw youth develops into a tried and trustworthy soldier, and the process by which a regiment that has never been under fire develops into a finished and formidable fighting machine.”—Sydney Brooks, unsigned review, Saturday Review, January 11, 1896, lxxxi, 44-5.”No intelligent orders are given; no intelligent movements are made. There is no evidence of drill, none of discipline. There is a constant, senseless, and profane babbling going on, such as one could hear nowhere but in a madhouse. Nowhere are seen the quiet, manly, self-respecting, and patriotic men, influenced by the highest sense of duty, who in reality fought our battles.It can be said most confidently that no soldier who fought in our recent War ever saw any approach to the battle scenes in this book…””The book is a vicious satire upon American soldiers and American armies. The hero of the book … betrays no trace of the reasoning being. No thrill of patriotic devotion to cause or country ever moves his breast, and not even an emotion of manly courage.-General Alexander C. McClurg, letter to the Dial, April 16, 1898, XX, 227-8.*1. “Something new.” “Never been guessed before.” “A very fresh note.” The critics agreed there was something different going on here. Many books about war, some quite realistic, had already been written.Describe what was fresh in Crane’s approach to writing about war.THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE AND FIRST-HAND ACCOUNTS OF WARFIRST PERSONLocate a brief passage (about a paragraph in length) from The Red Badge of Courage that describes a battle scene with much confusion. Contrast it with the following third-person passage from The Successes and Failures of Chancellorsville by General Alfred Pleasonton, from “The Century Illustrated Monthly” Magazine, May 1886 to October 1886 Pleasonton’s account—like Crane’s—is action-packed and quite specific. Its perspective, however, is wider and it is written in the third person.Shots were fired at hazard in every direction. The First and Third Virginia regiments, no longer recognizing each other, charge upon each other mutually; Stuart’s mounted men, generally so brave and so steadfast, no longer obey the orders of their officers, and gallop off in great disorder. At last quiet is restored, and the brigade finally reaches Spotsylvania Court House, while the small band which has caused so much alarm to Stuart was quietly retiring to Chancellorsville.*2. Which passage below comes closest to giving the reader the feeling he is actually experiencing the event? In what ways?A BLOW-BY-BLOW DESCRIPTIONLocate a brief passage (about a paragraph) from The Red Badge of Courage that offers a blow-by-blow description of events in a battle. Contrast it with the letter from Peter Boyer to his father, written sometime in May 1863, which summarizes the letter this way: “Boyer provides a description of the Chancellorsville battle in Virginia.” Boyer relates an experience that happened in “the thickest of the fight.”*3. What do we learn from Boyer about “the thickest of the fight?”*4. What do we learn from Crane’s passage?VIVID IMAGERYLocate a brief passage (about a paragraph in length) from The Red Badge of Courage that offers vivid imagery to describe events in a battle. Contrast it with The Artillery at Hazel Grove, a description of one small part of the Chancellorsville battle that emphasizes military strategy. The Artillery at Hazel Grove is very specific in its description of the movements of troops and equipment.*5. What is the purpose of the writer’s actions during the Chancellorsville battle?*6. What is Crane’s purpose? (author’s purpose)*7. How does each passage differ in its effect on the reader?A MINIMUM OF LINKING NARRATIVELocate a brief passage (about a paragraph in length) from The Red Badge of Courage that describes the course of an assault using details and mental associations rather than factual or realistic representation. Contrast it with the following excerpt (written in the first person) from “Chancellorsville,” a first-hand account of the battle from the Confederate point of view, from Chapter VIII of Reminiscences of the Civil War by John B.Gordon.While the battle was progressing at Chancellorsville, near which point Lee’s left rested, his right extended to or near Fredericksburg. Early’s division held this position, and my brigade the right of that division; and it was determined that General Early should attempt, near sunrise, to retake the fort on Marye’s Heights, from which the Confederates had been driven the day before. I was ordered to move with this new brigade, with which I had never been in battle, and to lead in that assault; at least, such was my interpretation of the order as it reached me. Whether it was my fault or the fault of the wording of the order itself, I am not able to say; but there was a serious misunderstanding about it. My brigade was intended, as it afterward appeared, to be only a portion of the attacking force, whereas I had understood the order to direct me to proceed at once to the assault upon the fort; and I proceeded. As I was officially a comparative stranger to the men of this brigade, I said in a few sentences to them that we should know each other better when the battle of the day was over; that I trusted we should go together into that fort, and that if there were a man in the brigade who did not wish to go with us, I would excuse him if he would step to the front and make himself known. Of course, there was no man found who desired to be excused, and I then announced that every man in that splendid brigade of Georgians had thus declared his purpose to go into the fortress. They answered this announcement by a prolonged and thrilling shout, and moved briskly to the attack. When we were under full headway and under fire from the heights, I received an order to halt, with the explanation that the other troops were to unite in the assault; but the order had come too late. My men were already under heavy fire and were nearing the fort. They were rushing upon it with tremendous impetuosity. I replied to the order that it was too late to halt then, and that a few minutes more would decide the result of the charge. General Early playfully but earnestly remarked, after the fort was taken, that success had saved me from being court-martialed for disobedience to orders.*8. What is the purpose of Gordon’s account?*9. What is the purpose of Crane’s account?IN THE STYLE OF DOCUMENTARY REPORTAGELocate a brief passage (about a paragraph in length) from The Red Badge of Courage that offers writing in the style of documentary reportage (a kind of “you are there” approach that recounts events by letting people and events speak for themselves through the liberal use of quotations, a focus on details, and a lack of commentary). Compare it to the following excerpt from an English journalist’s reports about the Union troops at the Battle of Bull Run, on Page 741 of Recollections of the Civil War – V by Sir William Howard Russell, Ll.D., Special Correspondent of “The Times” (London). .At that very moment Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Seward were passing through the ruc’k of the straggling debris. The President soon had a striking proof of the terrible disorganization. An officer of the regular army was endeavoring to get the crowd in Fort Corcoran into order. He was menaced with death, because he threatened to have an officer of the Sixty-ninth shot for disobeying his orders.The men of the battalion rushed to the President and complained that Sherman—for it was he—had insulted their officer. When the President inquired into the cause of the tumult Sherman replied: “I told the officer that if he refused to obey my orders I would shoot him on the spot! I repeat it now, sir; if I remain in command here, and any man refuses to obey my orders, I will shoot him on the spot.” This firmness in the presence of the President overawed the mutineers, and they set about the work that Sherman had ordered them to execute.*10. How do the passages resemble one another? In other words, what do these passages have in common? This is a comparison, in which you must identify commonalities between the two passages.*11. What differences are found? In other words, how are these passages different? This is a contrast, in which you must identify differences between the two passages.*12. A Day in the Life of _______Create a first-person account that employs the basic stylistic characteristics of The Red Badge of Courage. Begin with a series of five or more images about a specific event: original sketches, family photographs, historical images, or images from magazines and newspapers. Then create your own illustrated, impressionistic account of a particular event. Your event should be a minimum of 200 words.*13. It is generally accepted that Crane’s purpose in The Red Badge of Courage was to communicate a complete and realistic picture of one soldier’s experience of battle. Describe how he accomplishes this.adapted from http://edsitement.neh.govIMPORTANT – NO PLAGLIARISM (ORIGINAL WORK)
The Ogburn School The Red Badge of Courage Book Report
History homework help
History homework help. Venture idea or ?Mini Business Plan? targeted at a potential investor?In this assignment students will apply theory and evidence covered in the module and develop one venture idea. Students should describe their idea similar to a short version of a business plan directed at a potential investor. This includes making a case for the viability of the venture idea, spelling out the business model (i.e. logic of value creation and capture), customers,markets, financing and other resources, sustainability of the idea over the longer term (covering at least the first 3 years of trading) etc. Students are free in their choice of idea, i.e., these could take the form of business ventures, social ventures or business-cases for innovations to be introduced in the private, public or third sector. Consequently the potential investors at which the venture idea is targeted can take the form of venture capitalist, banks, government funds, impact investors or philanthropists to name a few. It is important that students spell out the target investor at the beginning of their essay. Students may also wish to build on their insights generated in assignment 1. Details of the assignment including which areas are expected to be explored to ensure that the venture idea is described in sufficient depth as well as detailed evaluation criteria can be found in Appendix. The assignment tests especially knowledge obtained in weeks 5 through 9. A successful assignment contains evidence of application of theory and class discussion.Module Learning Outcomes Assessed:1. Assess the implications of the diverse economic institutional and cultural environment for new business creation and/or innovation in emerging markets;2. Assess, in broad terms, implications of economic policies, institutional change, as well as change in technology and in the global economic environment for the creation of new enterprises in the emerging market economies;3. Discuss, in broad terms, strategic options available to owners-managers of new businesses in an emerging market economies environment.This assignment is an individual business plan for an emerging market business and targeted at a potential investor. This assignment requires application of knowledge obtained through the first assignment as well as through the further teaching sessions to argue the case for the viability and novelty of the planned business. To account for student preferences both assignments allow students to choose a specific market economy. The second assignment also allows choice with regard to the type of business pursued (commercial or social, non-profit). Students can also present a case for an innovation in the context of an established business (corporate entrepreneurship idea).Word Count: maximum 2000 words plus 200 words for self-reflectionFont Size: 12 pt Times New RomanLine Spacing: 1.5I will upload my assigment1 essay and some class Powerpoints as references. The topic of my assigment1 is Vietnam, but you do not need to focus on Vietnam.History homework help
Competitive Advantage of Wal Mart
assignment writer With 3960 stores in the US and more than $209 billion in annual sales, Wal-Mart stands top in its position and it is an incessantly profit-driven company. With profit as the goal and service as the process the company is at its core. This corporate culture enterprises the profit by making Wal-Mart stores the merchant of choice for many consumers. Customers of Wal-Mart give value to the value of the dollar and are able to buy the branded products at low discount prices. Sam Walton’s philosophy was that he believed keeping the prices below everybody’s price. Basic Retail Concepts Wal-Mart is formulated around four retail concepts. The first concept is the basis of the company is left over on its discount stores, which have been following the same pattern since the company’s foundation. The second concept is that it combines Wal-Mart supercenter with a discount store. The third concept is the Wal-Mart neighbourhood market that provides the services of a traditional grocery store. The fourth concept is the Sam’s Wholesale Club, which is intrinsically a membership warehouse store that accomplishes a continually changing inventory. Walton’s strategy of analyzing the competitors gave Wal-Mart chance to learn from their competitors and to increase the company’s profit by lowering the prices compared to its direct competitors. Wal-Mart carries the image of Walton strategy of analyzing competitors gave Wal-Mart possibility to learn from competitors and to increase its profit by pricing lower than its direct competitors carrying the image of “Everyday low prices”. Wal-Mart stores operate on an “Everyday Low Prices” philosophy and are capable to maintain their price cutting strategy through diligent expense control. Wal-Mart associates endeavours to provide marvellous customer service which is a characteristic unique to the chain. Shopping at Wal-Mart is a friendly experience to every customer. As Wal-Mart has a necessity of high turnover ratio it depends on extreme turnover of goods to generate high profits. Wal-Mart generates small profits on each and every sale, but has many sales per unit of inventory. There are many ways for a company to have a competitive edge. These are price, quality, flexibility, time, service, employees, and product or service differentiation. The most common way used by Wal-Mart to have a competitive price is to make low cost to customers because most of the customers will look for the lowest price in the market. Drive out costs Wal-Mart plan has been to retrieve the costs out of the stores, from the manufacturers’ profit margins, merchandise brokers and other middlemen by reducing the prices at the retail level. Driving out costs has been formed by maintaining partnerships with vendors, proper selection of store locations, knowing the numbers, knowing its competition and by taking care of customers. The success gained by Wal-Mart is extensively due to maintaining a competitive advantage over its competitors. Wal-Mart has also constantly developed its strategic internal assets and has been creating barriers to entry for potential competitors. Wal-Mart has been continually achieving economies of scale, acquiring the unique resources, good reputation and a brand value by offering differentiation and guarantees to its customers. Economies of Scale As a big firm, Wal-Mart has achieved economies of scale. As Wal-Mart is a big company and has many locations, unit costs have decreased and any other firms wishing to enter the market must do so at a large scale. This makes very difficult, if not impossible for new entrants. Although economies of scale provide a apparent competitive advantage, emulating firms will look for becoming larger to minimize the role of economies of scale. This is the reason Wal-Mart has to constantly innovate and look forward for new competitive advantages. Electronic Data Interchange System Distribution channels of Wal-Mart were very efficient and it allowed for low pricing, thus creating another barrier to entry for firms who are wishing to enter the market. Wal-Mart was also developed unique resources which are not used before. It installed a new barrier to entry when it developed its EDI system which is Electronic Data Interchange system which improved communication with the suppliers and the distribution centres. By developing the EDI system Wal-Mart has also improved inventory control. Wal-Mart has differentiated itself from its huge competition. It has launched many superstores which offer groceries and also a good shopping environment. It has been successful in creating a brand name and good reputation as the leader in the industry. Their everyday low prices philosophy was influential in developing the loyalty of customers that prompted the growth of the company. This constancy in price and service empowered Wal-Mart to establish a reputation of loyalty. Customer loyalty has been increased by development of reputation and brand name which has helped in reducing the price elasticity of demand. Wal-Mart also offers guarantees and return policies which assure the customers of their purchase. Method of providing guarantees and warranties also act as a barrier to entry because new entrants also provide high quality goods and offer customers competitive services which are often very difficult. Key Points Finally Wal-Mart has three competitive advantages like they have developed a hub-and-spoke distribution network which is very efficient and low cost and increased its delivery schedule. It also has a god market position where it has placed itself as a market leader. Its Policy everyday low prices enabled them to have two main competitors like Target and Kmart. Wal-Mart also has a good Human Resource Management and employees of Wal-Mart are very committed. Because of its good impact on the market, everybody feels proud of being a Wal-Mart employee. Conclusion In conclusion Wal-Mart has maintained a competitive advantage through its ceaseless innovation. It was able to maintain its economic profit even though it has competition from other firms. It has continuously implemented various barriers to entry and developed internal strategic assets.
The organizational structures of the elementary classroom
The review of literature is organized into five areas. The first area explores the theoretical/conceptual framework of the organizational structures of the elementary classroom. The traditional, self-contained, classroom along with the different types of departmentalized instructional arrangements. The second area, student achievement findings in different types of organizational structures are highlighted in a chronological manner. The third and fourth areas look into reading and mathematics achievement at the elementary school level. Finally, the fifth area summarizes the review of literature findings. Theoretical/Conceptual Framework Throughout much of the 20th century, elementary school structure has been debated by educators and administrators (McGrath
Analysis of Sinclair Lewis’ ‘Main Street’
The story of Main Street by Sinclair Lewis had been written as an aggressive satire that focused primarily on social issues of the small towns of the American Midwest. This was in order to provoke a different, or perhaps, a negative view of the small, rural town life to the readers of the 1920’s. Much of the American population during this time viewed these small, simple towns positively, as an ideal example of true Americana nature and morality that brought a reassuring contrast to the developing, and often frightening world during the time period. It is clear to see that with this novel, Sinclair Lewis aimed to diminish this positive view of these small rural centers, and shed light on the ills of their society, which created conflict to individuality. When focusing on the reception of this novel, it is apparent to see that it had achieved its purpose, as it became widely popular, as well as controversial. The themes within this satirical novel describe the political, social, and economic aspects of rural, Midwest society at this time. Main Street allows the reader to develop a personal opinion as well as a clear view into the social conditions vividly, and the views of the people of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota. As stated, Sinclair Lewis focused mainly on attacking the views of the rural, small towns America that many saw as ideal. Sinclair Lewis sheds light upon the narrow-mindedness, conformity, mediocrity and nescience of the people of Gopher Prairie, representing the small towns of America. The people of this small town criticize and shun individuality and those who do not conform to their standards. This is all illustrated by the theme of the individual vs. the community. The protagonist, Carol Kennicott’s attempts to change the town of Gopher Prairie into a more idealistic town in which she desires it to be, in the face of the town’s resistance to change. Carol attempts this as she also attempts to harmonize with the population of Gopher Prairie as a new citizen. The resistance that Carol brings to conforming creates a conflict that lasts throughout the novel, and although she does not bring radical change, she may be viewed as successful for putting up a fight. As for a description of the political and economic themes of this novel, Sinclair Lewis leaves a somewhat bleak direct description of these aspects. Although, it is clear to see a description of these two aspects throughout the primarily social themes. Gopher Prairie, being a small town, had a rather simple economy that was primarily based on agriculture and small, independent businesses. Due to this, the people of Gopher Prairie highly valued, and revered material success. This is shown by the character Percy Bresnahan, who in contrast to the social structure of Gopher Prairie, was a wealthy automobile manufacturer who was admired by the townspeople, but is discovered to be relatively unimportant in the city of Washington by the protagonist, perhaps illustrating the ignorance of the people of Gopher Prairie. Sinclair Lewis does not focus intensely on the political structure of the small town, and leaves the citizen’s views or insight on politics rather bleak. Perhaps this lack of description only gives more insight into the close-minded and ignorant views of the people of Gopher Prairie, representing small town life everywhere at that time. (SparkNotes Editors, n.d.). Due to the time period in which the novel takes place, there are unique characters that could have only been created from the social structure and happenings of the 1920’s. To clarify, the most prominent example of this would be World War I, which created prejudice or resentment to foreigners, by the people of the U.S, especially in small towns like Gopher Prairie. This is illustrated by Sinclair Lewis in the novel, with the character of Miles Bjornstam, a Swedish immigrant who was ostracized by the town due to him being an immigrant, as well as his radical ideals of socialism, due to this many considered him to be insane and he was nicknamed the “Red Swede”. (SparkNotes Editors, n.d.). The explanation of whether or not the conditions have improved is dependent on how a person views the small town life of America. Although, after reading this novel and one is exposed to the ills of small town life, it is simple to infer that the conditions that Sinclair Lewis focused on have improved positively. This could be partially due to amount of small towns being drastically shortened compared to that time period, or the fact that people could have possibly become less ignorant, or short-minded due to the world today, compared to back then. The author of this satirical novel, Harry Sinclair Lewis was born on February 7th, 1885, in the small farming immigrant village of Sauk Centre, Minnesota. It is clear to see that his experiences from growing up in a rural Midwestern town have had a major influence on his writings, clearly on Main Street. When Sinclair was just six years old, his mother, Emma Kermott Lewis died. His father, Edwin Lewis, a country doctor, remarried a year later. In the year 1903, Lewis was accepted into Yale University and moved east. There, he worked regularly as a contributor for the Yale Literary Magazine. Even though he became dissatisfied with college and dropped out, he eventually graduated from Yale in 1908. After publishing his first novel in 1912, Lewis married Grace Livingston Hegger in 1914. The couple then moved to Port Washington on Long Island. After becoming an editor at various companies and devoting his evenings to writing fiction, Lewis published Main Street in 1920. Main Street became somewhat of an overnight success and gained him international acclaim as a satirical novelist, and sold 250,000 copies of the novel in the first year of publication, he then began to write other novels such as Babbit, and Arrowsmith. After divorcing his first wife, Grace, Lewis married the journalist Dorothy Thompson in 1928. In 1930, Lewis became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. After divorcing his wife in 1942, he spent the last years of his life throughout Europe alone, suffering from Alcoholism. On January 10th, 1951, Harry Sinclair Lewis died in Rome from a heart attack at the age of sixty-five; he was then buried in Minnesota. As stated, Sinclair Lewis’ childhood living in the rural small town of Sauk Centre, Minnesota showed great influence on his works. This proved to be greatly true in the creation of Main Street, for the town of Gopher Prairie was closely modeled after Sauk Centre. (Main Street, Sinclair Lewis, Introduction, Brooke Allen), When focusing on the main characters within the novel of Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, it is ideal to narrow the main characters down to Carol Kennicott and Dr. Will Kennicott. These two characters are married in the story, and Will Kennicott is the reason why Carol moves from Minneapolis, to the small town of Gopher Prairie, to marry him. As stated, Carol Kennicott is the protagonist, and through her is how the reader views Gopher Prairie and its people. Even though they are married, at times throughout the story Will Kennicott could be viewed as the antagonist. Carol Kennicott is portrayed as culturally sophisticated and college educated woman, who lives a city life in Minneapolis. When she meets Dr. Will Kennicott, he convinces her to marry him and move to his town of Gopher Prairie. Upon arrival, Carol has dreams she took with her of rebuilding an ugly, small prairie village into a sophisticated and beautiful place. Although she has these big dreams, the fact that she is more of a thinker and a dreamer as well as the townspeople’s unwavering resistance to change, Carol ends up not being able to accomplish much physically, but rebels more mentally. Throughout the story, Carol attempts to achieve happiness, or at least become content with her life that she feels she should not have chosen. Perhaps many readers could relate to her plight and relate to it, or others could view her as immature. It is important to understand that Carol’s character represents the role-change of women during the 1920’s; this is shown by her constant refusal to be content with the traditional domestic duties of women. Carol’s social activism and desire to bring change could also be viewed as representation of the progressive spirit around the turn of the century. (SparkNotes Editors, n.d.). As for the secondary protagonist of Dr. Will Kennicott, he can be viewed as representing traditional values, and at times, being opposed to the somewhat radical ideals of Carol and her desire for change. While Carol is constantly trying to bring change to Gopher Prairie, Will appears to remain content with the way his hometown of Gopher Prairie is. Will also shows contrast to the interests of Carol, such as preferring to watch movies rather than appreciating poetry and drama, and finding the people of Gopher Prairie to be friendly and simple, as Carol views them to be dull and unsophisticated. Even though Will can be viewed as unimaginative, he can also be seen as a very competent doctor, who is also highly intelligent, as he performs multiple and successful operations throughout the story. Throughout most of the story, Will Kennicott fails to understand Carol’s undying desire to bring change to his home town. (SparkNotes Editors, n.d.). From the information stated, the plot of the story takes hold once Carol begins some of her first attempts at reforming the town of Gopher Prairie, but first she attempts to make friends with the people of Gopher Prairie. First by hosting parties in order to gain a social foothold and enliven the people. Carol also joins Women’s clubs such as the “Jolly Seventeen” a social club, as well as a book club named the “Thanatopsis” club in order to rally the women to follow her in her social reforms. Despite these attempts, as well as forming a drama club and staging a play, Carol is still received as an outsider, as she learns that many of the townspeople constantly criticize her and her actions. Despite this, Carol does find companions amongst the somewhat outcasts of Gopher Prairie, such as Miles Bjornstam, the town’s handyman, named the “Red Swede”. She also befriends the town lawyer and bachelor, Guy Pollock, and the teacher at the local high school, Vida Sherwin as well as Bea, the maid at her house. Carol soon becomes frustrated due to no one supporting her plans for new social buildings and reforms, and she begins to resent the life she has chosen at Gopher Prairie. Within time, Carol and Will Kennicott have an argument over Carol’s discontent of her life and struggle for happiness. Will Kennicott claims that Carol believes she is higher than the people of Gopher Prairie. After they settle their argument, Carol begins to fall in love with Will all over again or perhaps for the first time. She begins to view him in a new light, as a stable, accomplished doctor and Carol’s new found love takes her mind off of her discontent with Gopher Prairie. This does not last long, as Carol still struggles to be content with the dull life she is living, and she becomes increasingly desperate to find interest, nearly having an affair with the tailor’s assistant, Erik Valborg. Eventually, in order to avoid a scandal, Erik leaves Gopher Prairie. Will Kennicott then takes Carol on a long trip around California, in order for her to avoid the gossip of the town. When she returns, after forgetting about the troubles of Gopher Prairie, she returns to find that the narrow-mindedness and hypocrisy of the people of the town has not come to change at all. (SparkNotes Editors, n.d.).