What is  a Garoghlanian family?It is a tribe of armenia

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

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The Garoghlanian tribe is from Armenia.  They ended up settling in areas such as Fresno, California.  Part of the tribe's culture is trying to find a sense of placement and self in a new and modern setting.  The Garoghlanian tribe is a group that operates in this modern predicament while clinging to values of the past, of their native Armenia.  In Saroyan's short story, these values become extremely important in how the characters in it relate to one another:

They also understand that the value and thereby the use of property belong to those with spirit and understanding, not only money. A horse, after all, is a living being, not a thing like the burning house that Uncle Khosrove so easily dismisses. John Byro knows who has taken his horse, and he hints not to the boys but to the boy's relatives that he knows, but he does not force the issue by demanding his horse back. To insult the honor of the Garoghlanian family would cause much more trouble than the loss of a horse, disruptingthe peace of the community.

This becomes one of the fundamental principles of the tribe.  The fact that Byro interacts with the boys, whom he knows has stolen his horse, with a sense of compassion and understanding is one element that underscores the Garoghlanian tribe, which sees itself as a type of family.  The idea of respecting the bonds between individuals becomes extremely important to this group of Armenians, one of many that had to have experienced displacement and the rupturing of such connections with the Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Turks after World War I.

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