"A Writers Style" - N. Scott Momaday Review

1246 WordsMay 10, 20055 Pages
A Writers Style The Pulitzer Prize winning writer N. Scott Momaday has become known as a very distinctive writer who depicts the stories of the Native American life in almost poetic ways. He does an excellent job of transporting the reader from the black and white pages of a book, to a world where every detail is pointed out and every emotion felt when reading one of Momaday's books or other writings. This style of writing that Momaday uses is very evident in his work "The Way to Rainy Mountain," and made even more apparent by reading a review of the book House Made of Dawn found on a web site run by HarperCollins Publishers. Throughout the essay "The Way to Rainy Mountain", Momaday uses very descriptive words, which brings the places…show more content…
This might have been avoided if Momaday had made it clearer that the focus of the story was on the Kiowa people and not his journey back to see his grandmother's grave. Once I understood this aspect though, I was able to completely appreciate the story and imagery for what it was. This was a slight downside of Momaday's writing, however he was able to pull it all together and make it less of a distraction in the end. Another characteristic of Momaday's writings is how they involve change. For example, in his essay of "The Way to Rainy Mountain," the whole story is based around him returning home to see his grandmothers' grave. However, the point of the story is to tell the history of his people, the Kiowa people, and how they came to settle on the land known as Rainy Mountain. As he tells this story, Momaday also shows how the present times have changed from what he remembers of the past. How his grandmother's house would be alive when so many of his people would be gathered there and now it lies so empty and quiet as the times have changed. Momaday's book House Made of Dawn also talks about change in the world for the Native Americans. The main character of the story, Abel, faces the difficult challenge of deciding whether to leave his family and history behind. So that he might find his place in the modernized post World War II country. He decides to face the new
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