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priyanjali | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 25, 2009 at 3:06 PM via web

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What is some information about Garoghlanian family?

 

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 25, 2009 at 9:08 PM (Answer #1)

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The most amount of information we have about the Garoghlanian tribe is that they come from Armenia and are poor.  We know that they are a family which lacks basic amenities and is not overwhelmingly wealthy.  This is not that different from many immigrant groups who found sanctuary in America at the start of the 20th century. We can see through the descriptions of their lifestyle in the story that they are of limited economic means, but possess a great deal of love and devotion within the home.  They are trying to wrestle with both life in the United States while maintaining some semblance of connection to their homeland. We can presume they come from Armenia primarily because this is the focus of Saroyan, himself as the writer, and Northern California, specifically Fresno, was a major hub of Armenian settlement in the United States.  Whether or not the Garoghlanian tribe actually existed is questionable.  We do know that many tribes or sects of people were wiped out by the Turkish Army in the Armenian Massacre, one of the first genocides of the 20th century.  Millions of Armenians were obliterated, and records were not kept of such atrocities.  There could have been a Garoghlanian tribe amongst the victims.  Rather than conclusively state that they didn't exist, the Turkish Army's actions serve as way to question if this group was murdered.  Such an event could have served as a significant push factor for  emigration to the United States.

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airj23 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 4, 2012 at 4:47 AM (Answer #2)

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gargolilanian tribe is povery stricken but they are not ready to deal with thier values so as to earn money . they have been famous for their honesty and people know that they wouldn't adopt any bad means to earn money. not only they are famous for their values, they have been famous for the same from a very long time and none of the predecessors have done anything wrong to harm the image.

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