Discuss the Garoghlanian tribe in "The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse."
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The Garoghlanian is a fictitious tribe of Armenian descent. This short story is part of a book that centers around an American born boy, being raise by the tribe that has now immigrated to California. Aram, the boy, must find a way to integrate the culture of the family - the tribe - with the culture of his life in California.
In this story, as in all the stories, readers learn that the Garoghlanian tribe values honesty above all else. Material wealth is not important to the tribe members - being true to yourself and to your family is what makes a man good. The tribe believe deeply in spiritual life as well, that humans have a soul that can exist outside the body.
This specific story shows that the tribe does not behave according to the laws of society, but to their own sense of morality. Although the boys have technically stolen the horse, they are not reprimanded. This also reinforces the tribe's disregard for material wealth. The tribe recognizes that the boys are just trying to explore their territory, to learn and to grow. The overall sense is "no harm, no foul."
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