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What comment on life and death do your think they are making, especially in "The Outcasts of Poker Flat"? What do the stories say about humanity?

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There is a certain amount of subjectivity to the two questions being asked here. I think that most definitely the story is making a statement that humanity and human decency can be found in all kinds of people. I believe that the story is making a strong case that a hope in humanity can be found even among people that civilized society deems as outcasts.

John Oakhurst, Mother Shipton, Uncle Billy, and...

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