Mary Lee Settle | Critical Essay by Dexter Allen

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Mary Lee Settle.
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Critical Essay by Dexter Allen

Eventually enough characters to provide a proper denouement [to O Beulah Land] converge on an exceptionally beautiful valley beyond the Endless Mountains. Beulah … is the promised land; and in this setting Miss Settle collects all the budding American stereotypes. Everyone is quite vigorous; the differences are chiefly of intent. Perhaps the most important character is Jeremiah, an escaped bondsman from the colonies who finds amazing spiritual and physical freedom in the Virginia wilderness. He is the weakest and most convincing by turns. (p. 545)

Miss Settle, leaving the true dimension of Jeremiah's personality to us, has given the wrong signposts. Out of his subsequent, anticlimactic union with Hannah, however, comes a more consistent character: their son Ezekiel.

Ezekiel is sketchily drawn, but the most sympathetic personage in the novel. (p. 546)

Miss Settle's transitions are at best awkward, at times quite...

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