At a glance:
- Author: Jesse Stuart
- First Published: 1942
- Type of Plot: Psychological
- Time of Work: The 1930’s
- Setting: Rural Kentucky
- Characters: Shan, Mom
- Genres: Psychological fiction, Short fiction
- Subjects: Maturation or coming of age, Snakes, Rural or country life, Heroes or heroism, Hunting or hunters
- Locales: United States, Kentucky, North America
Left to his own devices for the day, Shan decides to seek revenge on snakes for the bite received by his friend Roy Deer, whose family Shan’s mother visits to pay a condolence call. Given his freedom, the boy states, “I would like to be a man now. . . . I’d love to plow the mules, run a farm, and kill snakes.” Much of the action of the remainder of the story involves Shan’s playing at being a man, a common adolescent fantasy. He breaks a club from the wild plum thicket close to his home and wades the creek to search for water moccasins to kill.
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