“in the land of the free”
Analyze the following paragraph from the “In the Land of the Free” in terms of its description and Far’s language choices overall. Why would Far start her description of the missionary school in such a manner? Why does Far use a bird reference at the end, why the reference to “forget[ting]” and memory overall, and how does this section fit into the larger narrative of the piece? Be sure to treat this like a mini essay in terms of structure.
“The room was filled with children, — most
of them wee tots, but none so wee as her own.
The mission woman talked as she walked.
She told Lae Choo that little Kim, as he had
been named by the school, was the pet of the
place, and that his little tricks and ways
amused and delighted every one. He had
been rather difficult to manage at first and
had cried much for his mother; “but children
so soon forget, and after a month he seemed
quite- at home and played around as bright
and happy as a bird.”