Life After St. Jerome 's Indian Horse Novel Study

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Life after St. Jerome 's: Indian Horse Novel Study For years, First Nations children endured the harrowing experiences of residential schools. It was not until 1996, did the final residential school close down. It took over a hundred years of physical, physiological, and the sexual abuse of thousands of children before residential schools existed no more. Although they do not exist anymore, residential schools continue to cause pain throughout First Nations communities. There are a variety of novels that describe the accounts of residential school survivors, both fiction and non-fiction, each powerful in their own way. Indian Horse, a novel by Richard Wagamese, is one of these novels. The book follows Saul Indian Horse, a boy of Ojibwe descent, and his experiences within St. Jerome 's Indian Residential School. Saul turns to hockey as a form of protection from the fowl memories of his experiences at St. Jerome 's, using the game to ignore the sexual abuse he endured. This denial results in Saul 's pain, which comes out in the form anger on the ice, and which ultimately results in him taking up alcohol. It is only when Saul returns to St. Jerome 's, that he is able to stop the denial, and begin his path to healing. Richard manages to lead the reader down the same path of denial as Saul, therefore allowing the reader to experience the same feeling of shock as felt by Saul in his moments of realization. Saul 's denial of his sexual abuse…

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