Leslie Marmon Silko

871 WordsOct 8, 19994 Pages
Leslie Marmon Silko’s work is set apart due to her Native American Heritage. She writes through ‘Indian eyes’ which makes her stories very different from others. Silko is a Pueblo Indian and was educated in one of the governments’ BIA schools. She knows the culture of the white man, which is not uncommon for modern American Indians. Her work is powerful and educating at the same time. In this paper, I will discuss three different works by Silko (Lullaby, Storyteller, and Yellow Woman). Each of the stories will be discussed according to plot, style, and social significance. After that, I will relate Silko’s work to other literary genies and analyze her work as a whole. “Lullaby”…show more content…
Silko is similar in nature to post modern writing due to her social commentary and ambiguous nature. However, I would have to say that she is really in a class by herself. Native Americans are one of the fastest growing minority groups in the U.S. There is a myth that Native Americans are disappearing as a people; this is not true. Native Americans are a resilient people and hold strongly to their heritage. It is true that a great deal of Native American cultures, even entire tribes, have been lost. However, despite the hardships and oppression they have suffered they have remained as a people. Like I said before, Silko writes through eyes of an Indian. In studying Native Americans, one can easily lump all Native Americans into one homogeneous cultural group. This is a grave mistake because Native American groups can differ as much as English from Africans. She is very well educated to understand the intricacies of various Native American groups. She must truly understand them to write through their eyes. Silko is trying to break the myth that Indian cultures are dying. Native Americans must adapt under pressure of whites, but a great deal of tradition is still intact. Silko is a voice of truth and reality for the Native
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