Love, Family, And Identity

2762 Words12 Pages
Corinne Murdock
Nolan
AP Lit
23 July 2015
Love Medicine Summary Notes
Title
• Novel analyzes definition of love, family, and identity.
• Novel describes numerous love affairs between different people within several families.
• Lipsha Morrissey tries to fix the relationship between Grandma and Grandpa Kashpaw using a love medicine, but it ends up killing Grandpa Kashpaw.
• The author might have chosen the title Love Medicine in order to emphasize how people try to find a way to fix a broken heart, broken relationships, and broken family ties, but sometimes a cure only hurts those involved.
Author
• Part Chippewa Indian, part German-American- apparent as she compares Native American culture to the white society of America.
• Born in Little Falls, Minnesota in 1954.
• Grew up in North Dakota, where Love Medicine takes place.
• Both a poet and a writer.
Year
• Love Medicine was published in 1993.
Setting
• Time period ranges from 1934 to 1984, specific years are listed as 1934, 1948, 1957, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1984.
• Mainly takes place in North Dakota.
• Setting is described as, “dull tan- the dry ditches, the dying crops, the buildings of farms and towns” (Erdrich 11). The author describes the scenery fondly as “beautiful” (Erdrich 11).
• Most events occur in Indian reservation near Williston, North Dakota.
• Describes reservation road as run-down. “The highway narrowed off and tangled, then turned to gravel with ruts, holes, and blue alfalfa bunching in
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