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Cold mountain - Ruby's past essay

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"How does Ruby's childhood prepare her for her role in the novel?" The events that occur in Ruby's childhood allow her to become a strong independent woman who is able to fend for herself, due to having nobody to rely on throughout her life. Ruby had grew up without a mother and with a father that was a small-time criminal and drunkard who had no pride in himself. Stobrod wanted his daughter to take care of herself entirely on her own, so he let her figure out how to do that on her own too. This is the reason why Ruby and Stobrod did not get along with each other, until the near end where they manage to reconcile their relationship, when they live and work together on the farm. The reason why they are able to live and work together is because of how they have changed over the course of their journeys in the novel. ...read more.


By composing fiddle music, Stobrod finds a way to give something back, its something he can apply himself to, something he is actually good at, this gives him a reason to feel worthy and to actually take pride in himself. On his journey Stobrod also comes to realize the value of family because of his journey, when he looked after Pangle, therefore Stobrod came back to Ruby. In the chapter 'verbs, all of them tiring', Frazier takes us back to when Ruby was just a child through a flashback when Ruby and Ada were talking about their pasts, curious to learn about each other. One afternoon when Ruby had been looking for food, her dress was caught on a briar and she had to spend the whole night in the woods alone. Although she was alone she heard a voice that made her feel watched over, 'But later she was spoken to by a voice from the dark. ...read more.


Ruby possesses a store of knowledge about the natural world. Quickly she learns and she is now able to teach Ada all of these things. Both Ruby and Ada have been motherless from the moment of their birth. As Ada grew up with only a father figure (Monroe), who was a great father, however growing up, Monroe influenced Ada with lots of education; however he didn't teach her the necessary domestic skills she would need to help her survive on her own. Therefore when Ruby comes to help Ada, Ruby is able to teach Ada common things like how to grow things. Whilst Ada is learning these things, she reads to Ruby and teaches her to become more feminine. They are teaching each other constantly, whether they know they are teaching each other doesn't matter, as they are both progressing in there journeys by mothering each other, learning to appreciate many more things - 1 - ...read more.

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