Was Myra Necessary In The Story

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Re: Was Myra Necessary In The Story

Post by Espie » 27 May 2018, 19:37

Jkhorner wrote:
04 Mar 2018, 20:55
I read this book in February so I’m a little late to the discussion - but I submit that not only is Myra unnecessary, but so is William. Hear me out:

William is supposed to be the most native-like, and Myra the most enthusiastic about her history. But Tom also had native blood, and cared to some extent about his history: all three of the main adults are tall stubborn outdoorsmen with native heritage. I think they were all pretty shallow characters, but if you combined all of their traits into one person - Tom - then you’d have a far more complex character and the story could focus on his growing relationship with his granddaughter. I don’t care if Sarah and Myra get along. I don’t care if Sarah and William get along. I just want Tom and Sarah to grow alongside one another and Tom can be the one to share their native heritage with Sarah.

So Myra as a separate character didn’t need to exist, though certainly some of her traits should be retained.
I just read the book so I'm a much-later bloomer than you were. I also believe the author portrayed the characters as they were for a good reason.
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Post by Espie » 27 May 2018, 19:40

Clinical1 wrote:
06 Mar 2018, 17:33
Myra served as the liaison between Sarah's youth and the two older men. She helped Sarah to relate to her grandfather and to William. Sarah's experience currently living with and working with those on the reservation gave credibility to the Indian beliefs.
She was very necessary.
I also hoped that something will patch up the relationship between Sarah and her grandfather, and I have to give the credit for it to Myra, among others.
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Post by Espie » 27 May 2018, 19:41

mamalui wrote:
12 Mar 2018, 13:41
She was necessary as a friend to Sarah and as a woman whom Sarah could relate easily to also she was important as a mediator between Sarah and her grandfather.
It's a relief, indeed, that Myra was there to help patch things up.
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Post by Espie » 27 May 2018, 19:43

KLafser wrote:
12 Mar 2018, 15:04
Absolutely! For the reasons stated above as kind of a go between for Sarah and her grandfather as well as to represent the interest of the native people. Yes, Tom had native blood but he hadn't explored it and didn't have the pride of the people that Myra (and William) had. The comment that perhaps William was not necessary sat with me a moment and I could almost agree but if he's not there, who tempers Myra in the main body of the story. I don't think it would have worked without him providing that calming factor.

I also think Myra was necessary to challenge Sergei's point of view. It would have been too neat to bring Sergei along and easily tie up Sarah's story. He needed to be a true scientist focused on data, argue with Myra, and hear Sarah's story to consider a new theory.

Just my thoughts - I love the discussion and very much enjoyed the book.
Myra was all of that and more, indeed. She's a necessary ingredient to make the recipe work.
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Post by Espie » 27 May 2018, 19:45

onixpam wrote:
30 Mar 2018, 20:12
Myra is important, without her, Sara will never come back to Tom's life. I think Myra, in some way, was the one to start the legend and Sara just fill the empty spaces between Myra's point of view and Sergei's need of facts.
That's interesting. Something needs to start somewhere, indeed. Part of me would like to give Myra's theories and assumptions a fighting chance, too.
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Post by dtb » 28 May 2018, 08:56

I think this question is interesting. If you consider the process of writing and the goals of a writer you can debate whether a character is necessary or what job they do from the perspective of helping the story. If the story were a true story we would not ask if an individual is necessary. We would just consider who they were and what role they played in the unfolding of events. Now I am thinking about characters in a different way.

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Post by 10mile72 » 14 Jun 2018, 15:58

I think she was a good character. Helped provide some balance -- two guys and two gals. I also liked the way the author developed her relationship with Sarah. Kind of like a big sister.

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Post by Saddamkofa » 04 Jul 2018, 20:11

Myra is indeed important, for she keep the discussion going by challenging the notion of the scientists for neglecting oral evidence. She also help to keep Sarah company in a midst of old gramps.

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 14 Jul 2018, 08:13

I think with Myra just being a female, Sarah had someone to relate to.So yes I think her role was important.
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