Roles of Women in A Raisin In the Sun, The House On Mango Street, and A Yellow Raft In Blue Water A Raisin In the Sun, The House On Mango Street, and A Yellow Raft In Blue Water all contain strong, defined images of women. These women control and are controlled. They are oppressed and liberated. Standing tall, they are confident and independent. Hunched low, they are vulnerable and insecure. They are grandmothers, aunts, mothers, wives, lovers, friends, sisters and children. Although
Symbolism of the Yellow Raft in Yellow Raft in Blue Water Native American’s find symbolism in many everyday items and colors are no exception. They believe that yellow is a conflicting motif, on one hand it denotes happiness, joy, and contentment but on the other hand it is the color of cowardice, deceit, and hurt. Michael Dorris, the author of A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, coming from a Native American background, most likely considered this while choosing the title for this bestseller
Written by Michael Dorris, A Yellow Raft in Blue Water is a novel about three generations of Native American women, Rayona, Christine and Aunt Ida. The women live throughout hardships, hidden secrets and shattered family bonds. The novel is broken down into three sections corresponding to the three perspectives of the Native women. Each woman expresses their feelings and tells their story all linking up together. Towards the end of the novel, a gathered opinion can be made on the three characters
Rayona’s Growth in A Yellow Raft In Blue Water As the subject of the first section of Doris' novel, A Yellow Raft In Blue Water, Rayona faces many problems that are unique to someone her age. Ray's mixed race heritage makes her a target of discrimination on the reservation. Problems in her family life (or lack thereof), give Rayona a reversed role in which she is the mother taking care of Christine. In dealing with these issues, Rayona learns a lot about herself and others.