|Plot Summary of Captivity of the Oatman Girls|
|"In 1851 the Oatman family set out alone in covered wagons along the Santa Fe trail to California. The family was attacked by Indians, and all but three members were killed. Lorenzo, a young boy, was left for dead but painfully made his way to a settlement and was saved. Two girls, Ann and Olive, were taken captives.
This is the story of the family's massacre and of the captivity of the two girls, who lived among two different Indian tribes and served as slaves. The girls experience both kindness and cruelty, and see the treatment of the Indians to one another and to their Indian captives from other tribes. From war parties to the torture of runaway slaves, from famine to mandatory tatooing, the narrator describes the girls' suffering and attempts at escape.
For five years Lorenzo sought to locate his sisters, and a subplot involves his efforts to rescue the girls."
Anne-Louise Bennett, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Captivity of the Oatman Girls|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
If this is a culture clash:
- minority culture living in majority area
ethnic of society (outside)
- American Indian
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to torture
Commentary on society?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
- A few 1-5 B&W
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 26-50% of book
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