Essay on Run With The Horsemen

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Run With The Horsemen


Little Porter Osborne, Jr. grew up on a farm in Georgia where the people own the land and
the land, in turn, owns the people. In the novel, Run with the Horsemen, Porter fights his
way through adolescence and the depression, learning more about life every day from the
big boys under the tree at lunch. Ferrol Sams is able to portray a realistic account of
life on a farm during the depression by using humor, dialect, and vivid imagery.

Humor is used throughout the book to keep the reader interested in what would otherwise be
a boring story of hard work and hard times. The boring and tedious act of plowing is
turned into a dangerous, yet humorous, occurrence when a release of methane gas from the
mule was met by a match that Porter happened to be holding in close proximity to the rear
of the animal. This resulted in a flame that "hissed and crackled and had long, feathery
projections on the upper side of it, and it kept on and on and on and was altogether
awe-inspiring to witness."

Another device used throughout the novel to give a sense of authenticity is diction.
Although the members of the Osborne family speak properly, the farm hands (who were, up
until a short time before the novel, slaves), speak in a southern dialect which portrays
them as uneducated. A good example of this is when Buddy pleads with Porter to, "Keep yo
head down, Sambo! For God's sake, keep yo head down an be stiller'n you ever been in yo
life befo!" The same words are used as would be used by an educated person, only they are
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