Marquart introduces the upper Midwest by acknowledging its lifeless and colorless lands and by implementing particular pieces of information about upper Midwest that not many people know about in it. She portrays the cruel reality of the upper Midwest as she affirms, “. . . you’ll encounter a road so lonely, treeless, and devoid of rises and curves in places that it will feel like one long-held pedal steel guitar note.” (2-5), which juxtaposed to the end of the passage where she shared how her great-grandparents and grandparents “traveled to the Midwest by train” (64-65) to receive their lands and what was the meaning of Eureka.
By changing the tones about the allusion of upper Midwest as desolation to hopefulness with the help of positive connotation words such as “purity” (69) and “anticipation” (72) and the allusion of Archimedes supports her establish how different the common point of views when it comes to the Midwest and its undiscovered charm and significance.