Analysis Of Mourning Dove's Under The Whispering Pines

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For many decades and centuries, the cultural clashes between the first nation people and the Euro-Canadians have always caused tension to up rise. This goes way back to the late 15th century when the first European (the English) settlers arrived in eastern Canada claiming the land, followed by the French. As years went by, more European settlers arrived and this caused more natives to become marginalized physically (through killings), politically and economically. Mourning Dove’s under the whispering pines conveys some of the negative perspectives, such as viewing the natives as savages or subhuman. These perspectives are still very common today and still continue to marginalise native Canadians economically especially native women, as Sky…show more content…
Through the use of sight, readers can imagine the beauty of Cogewea and feel the passionate feelings Alfred Densmore has for her. “Alfred Densmore, the cold, calculating business man out from the East for adventure and money, was half in love with this wild tawny girl of the range”(page 81). However mentally he keeps telling himself that he cannot think that way. “The Idea struck him as absurd. Never! Never I don’t dare.. They are alright as objects of amusement and pleasure, but there it must halt” “..She is no mate for a gentleman of the upper society” (Page 81). Alfred Densmore knows as a man that he cannot fully understand and control his attractions for Cogewea. The features on her like her dark skin and her “black eyes”(p.81) are commonly used to portray a forbidden seduction, the difference between love and lust. Alfred Densmore knows as a privileged Euro Canadian, he cannot marry Cogwea, he cannot have a formal relationship with her and with people like her because he will be passed on with judgement. Also, Alfred portrays the common patronization of politics that native Canadians were mostly often associated with in the past, that is the luck of knowledge and savagery. However the idea of bringing shame to one’s race and family was and still is an issue for both Euro Canadians and Native Canadians. It would be just as hard to bring a white man home for a native woman because of the fear of judgement and dismissal from the
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