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Book Review: The Grave by Katherine Anne Porter
Characters
The book revolves around two characters, Miranda a nine-year-old girl and her twelve-year-old
brother Paul. However, the book ends with an older Miranda who is reliving her memories. At
the same time, the book later introduces the character of her dead grandmother and grandfather.
Additionally, the book illustrates Miranda’s father Harry and her older sister Maria. Further,
there is a blanket reference to the family’s neighbors. Miranda as a main character is bold and
well-informed. Ideally, she is well aware of her family’s wealthy past and their present
difficulties. Unfortunately, we realize that she lacks a mother and grandmother to offer her
guidance on women Behavior. As a result, her father dresses her in boys clothes. In spite of her
personality, Miranda is very innocent. On the other hand, Paul is found to be laid-back and
tactical. For instance, his insistence on taking his time to aim at his target and the precision with
which he executes it affirms his skills. Additionally, he can be said to be responsible judging by
the fact that he was out taking care of his younger sister. Furthermore, he is firm as evident in his
tone to Miranda insisting that she should not tell his father of the unfortunate incidence with the
rabbit.
Setting
Ideally, the book is set in the farm belonging to Miranda’s grandmother. Basically, this is where
she and her family lived. Essentially, we are informed that the present locale where the story is

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based is in Texas. Noteworthy, Louisiana which was the previous abode for grandmother and
Kentucky where other members of her family lived are mentioned. Moreover, we are told that
the year is 1903. Accordingly, we are left to imagine what time of the year it was as there is no
concrete indication of any festivities. Additionally, we are informed of a terrain of trees, roses,
and grass. On the other hand, the slightest clue depicting a calm weather was the fact that the duo
was outdoors where they spent some considerable time. Similarly, the story is set in a traditional
setting since Miranda was taunted for been dressed as a boy. Additionally, her father was
castigated for allowing a girl to go outside and carry on ‘boy activities’ like horseback riding and
hunting.
Plot
Initially, the story starts off with the highlighting of Miranda’s grandmother habit of carrying her
late husband’s remains wherever she relocated. Notably, the story details of two such incidences.
Conveniently, this sets the scene for the introduction of other characters and the explanation of
their relationship. Further, the focus shifts to where we meet Miranda and Paul out on a hunting
escapade. Additionally, a scenario in which each stumble upon empty graves is portrayed.
Progressively, Miranda finds a dove while Paul retrieves a ‘thin wide gold ring carved with
intricate flowers and leaves’. Further, they converge and reveal their found possessions to one
another where they traded between themselves. Markedly, Paul liked the dove, while Miranda
loved the ring. Motivated by their lucky find, the duo set out to hunt some more. Remarkably,
they hunt down a rabbit what turns out to be quite an eventful catch. After this, we see them
going back home. However, the plot generates further where we meet Miranda, nearly twenty
years later and we are made to understand that these occurrences were a mere flashbacks.
Conflict

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Surname 1 Student Tutor Course Date Book Review: The Grave by Katherine Anne Porter Characters The book revolves around two characters, Miranda a nine-year-old girl and her twelve-year-old brother Paul. However, the book ends with an older Miranda who is reliving her memories. At the same time, the book later introduces the character of her dead grandmother and grandfather. Additionally, the book illustrates Miranda’s father Harry and her older sister Maria. Further, there is a blanket reference to the family’s neighbors. Miranda as a main character is bold and well-informed. Ideally, she is well aware of her family’s wealthy past and their present difficulties. Unfortunately, we realize that she lacks a mother and grandmother to offer her guidance on women Behavior. As a result, her father dresses her in boys clothes. In spite of her personality, Miranda is very innocent. On the other hand, Paul is found to be laid-back and tactical. For instance, his insistence on taking his time to aim at his target and the precision with which he executes it affirms his skills. Additionally, he can be said to be responsible judging by the fact that he was out taking care of his younger sister. Furthermore, he is firm as evident in his tone to Miranda insisting that she should not tell his father of the unfortunate incidence with the rabbit. Setting Ideally, the book is set in the farm belonging to Miranda’s grandmother. Basically, this is where she and her family lived. Essentiall ...
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