Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1989

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Mary Helen Dunlop

Second Advisor

Norman Jacobson

Third Advisor

Norman Jacobson

Abstract

As is typical of many pioneer diaries, Mary notes much about the landscape, the weather, and everyday happenings on the journey. Yet the diary is more than an account of her migration. It expresses real fears and emotions that were part of the pioneer woman's journey to the west. It is these fears that form the subtext. The diary communicates the immediacy of Mary Riddle's self, her reactions, her moods, her dreams, and her fears. It does not communicate much of what we today think of as an individualized personality. Mrs. Riddle is even tempered, moderately optimistic, and steadfast. But her individualized personality is not brought out as in fictionalized characters.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-6357

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Kathleen M. Flood

Language

en

Date Available

August 20, 2013

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

107 pages

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