Bret Harte’s “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” depicts a ragtag group of misfits trying to survive in 1850. Do you think the group worked as a successful team? Why or why not?
I don’t think they worked well together at all. At first when they were kicked out of Poker Flat they were basically forced to stay with each other along the little travel to the camp they wound upon. Once there, due to weather they were stuck a this camp. After staying a night together Uncle Billy had took the few horses and mules that they had. Oakhurst was the one to wake up to this. With no food to eat Mother Shipton starves herself to death, and Tom and Oakhurst leave to fend for food. While gone Duchess and Piney end up falling asleep hugging as their fire dies to keep warm. By the end of the story Oakhurst has killed himself. Here we have seen that they never stuck together to live, for the most part they betrayed each other and have got no further yet dying.