Maria Amparo Ruiz De Burton's 'The Squatter and the Don': An Analysis

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Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton's "The Squatter and the Don" The push west was not always as glorified as many 1950s western movies would portray. Rather, there were complicated politics that often led to the disenfranchisement of the native peoples who lived on the lands the Americans were essentially squatting on. There are a number of stylistic elements embedded within Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton's 1885 work that lead credence to this theme. Using realism and naturalism to show how the social environment of an oppressed people will forever hinder their character development, Amparo Ruiz de Burton exposes the greed and lack of concern in American policy for the native people it was essentially stealing land from. Amparo Ruiz de Burton consistently uses elements of realism in her work to help convey her underlying message. Realism often uses third person narration. It attempts to record the events without interference. This strategy helps show Amparo Ruiz de Burton's point without making her look like she is completely biased as the creator of the work. The greediness and disregard of the American settlers is not expressed through imposed narration on behalf of the narrator, but rather through the actual events and dialogue that is recorded through third person narration. Through her implementation of realism, Amparo Ruiz de Burton aims to present a more unbiased view that does in many ways expose the negative attributes of the American settlers through their own actions

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