Mary Clearman Blew's Frontier Book Review

Mary Clearman Blew's Frontier
Looks at Mary Clearman Blew's concept of the Western frontier and of the requirements of her gender as presented in her memoir entitled "All but the Waltz".
# 147533 | 815 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper relates that, although Mary Clearman Blew in her memoir "All but the Waltz" displays traditional Western traits, her breaking away from the suffocating gender roles of her day unknowingly modernized these Western characteristics into something of a revolutionary. Next, the author explains ways that Blew fought against the female behavioral stereotypes demanded by her cowboy husband. The paper states that Blew's actions revolutionized western culture into what Frederick Turner calls the Western ideal in that she saw the opportunity, grabbed it and grew from it.

From the Paper:

"Although Blew developed "western traits" unwillingly, there were some that she successfully avoided. Silence and isolation were major characteristics of the western identity. As Blew reads through the papers of Abraham, she realizes how alone he truly was. He wanted to be with the land, his pen, and his paper. She realized that she, like the Hutterites brought only noise to the quiet frontier. "The noisy Hutterites unwittingly violated the code of the West every time they drew a breath of prairie air." She was an outsider looking in on a culture that she didn't belong to."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blew, Mary Clearman. All but the Waltz. Oklahoma: Penguin Books USA Incorporated, 1991. Print.
  • Turner, Frederick Jackson. "The Significance of the Frontier": 1148-1153. Web PDF.

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