Analysis Of Leslie Marmon Silko's The Man To Send Rain Clouds

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In "The Man to Send Rain Clouds," and "One Holy Night," Leslie Marmon Silko and Sandra Cisneros discuss the traditions and myths of their cultures. Silko states her beliefs in the rituals or ceremonies that her culture performs when one of her own has passed on. On the other hand, Cisneros explains the struggles of being a teenage girl of another culture in American society. While both writers agree that keeping their traditions and myths alive is important, Silko’s story of Native American rituals gives awareness on the tradition in the pueblo world that even in modern times they practice, Unlike Cisneros, who’s story of an unplanned teenage pregnancy after a short-term relationship with a man she barely knew, surveys what can be believed either an unfortunate or simply a typical tradition that all teenagers are in a personal phase of rebellion against people of parental authority, and often end up wanting to experiment with other cultures or figurative patterns of behavior, to interchange the traditions they were raised with.
In “The Man to Send Rain Clouds,” Leslie Marmon Silko shows the cultural divide between Native Americans and the priest in the story. In the priests world only god can send rain clouds but in the Native world it’s the next man’s duty to speak to the cloud people and ask them to create rain for the living. In this story the characters have a power struggle between the Native world and the white world. The struggle has changed into a problem not of

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