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and literature resource and Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop
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The Prologue (considering how much is set up to be different between the Prologue and the rest of the novel, it's interesting that Cather choose the sunset image as a connection all the way through. I sort of wonder what that's about. I mean, why do that? (Don't mind me... I'm just an English teacher.))
One possible answer: She achieves it by not only incorporating real historical details about the landscape (for example the Acoma Indians' mesa) but also the legendary details (like Friar Balthazar, the Enchanted Mesa, etc.)
Examples: The contrasting strengths and weaknesses of Father Latour and Father Vaillant; the setting of the Prologue with the setting of the rest of the novel; the lushness of Agua Secreta with the barren hills that surround it; the shrubbery and trees of Auvergne compared to the trees and shrubs of New Mexico.
Examples: The legend of Friar Balthazar; the practicality of having a garden for a food source and greater cooking variety for Father Vaillant; the setting of the Cardinals' lunch in Rome in the Prologue.
They are associated with native tribes (the Acoma tribe members are described as "rock-turtles" and the Pecos tribe is reportedly addicted to snake worship--the mysterious cave Father Latour spends the night in is rumored to be the home of a giant snake kept for worship.)
The color changes describe a change in the weather or foreshadow the coming of evil. (We see this last bit most clearly when the Fathers are riding to Mora and have to stop for the night at the not-so-nice house of Buck Scales.)
the diversity of characters, particularly including deep minor characters that are seen only once; the non-chronological sequencing and overlapping of stories from present and past; the mixing of the historical with the legendary with the fictional artistic license Cather takes to present the characters and events