Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is the life of Billy the Kid. It focuses on how his outlaw career started, how he grew up a little during the Lincoln County War, and on outside forces that shaped him. He wanted to go straight, but broken promises and other things eventually prevented him.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   criminal (killer) Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   prison    -   fort/military installation Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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