Analysis Of Ceremony By Leslie Marmon Silko

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Your True Identity There comes a point in most people’s lives, where we start looking for the meaning of life. Questioning who we are, why we are here, and what our purpose is. In the novel Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko paints a picture of self-acceptance and self-discovery. With the help of Tayo’s story between the struggle of his past and his present self, Betonie’s tolerance for the world, and the motif of alcoholism we are able to make this overall statement. In this novel, the characters go through a perpetual struggle with self-acceptance and self-discovery. More often than not, the main character Tayo is conflicted with his own thoughts. Tayo, a struggling recent war veteran, cannot seem to fathom his thoughts between the past and the present. Not only has Tayo just come back from war, but also he has always had difficulty feeling close to his people. Being that Tayo is Native American and white, he was never truly as close to his ancestors as the rest of the people in his life, forming somewhat of an identity crisis for him. With the past as a constant nightmare for him, he struggled to proceed living his life. Unable to erase the thoughts of his gruesome past, Tayo feared that he would never get better. Tayo’s identity crisis was taking a toll on his well-being, or lack there of. When Tayo returns from war he is only able to speak of himself in third person. No longer able to refer to himself as himself, this poses a threat on Tayo’s ability to accept and

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