The Violent Bear It Away - Chapter 1 Summary & Analysis

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The Violent Bear it Away is the story of a young boy, Francis Marion Tarwater, whose life in the backwoods of Tennessee takes a prophetic turn over seven days when he experiences a trial by fire and comes to understand his ultimate destiny.

As the story begins, a Negro man named Buford Munson has just buried the body of Mason Tarwater, an eighty-four-year-old backwoodsman from the small town of Powderhead, Tennessee. Buford came to Mason's shack looking for moonshine at about noon, and it is now sundown. Buford is about to leave, his work of mercy completed but his jug still empty because Mason's great-nephew, Francis Marion Tarwater, has not yet returned from the still.

The narrative reverts to the past to explain the events which lead up to the day of Mason's death and why fourteen-year-old Francis Marion, who goes by the name of Tarwater, lives...

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