Solar Storm by Linda Hogan: The Clash of Perception

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Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms and Cheryll Glotfelty’s criticism come together to depicts two very different cultural views through an unavoidable clash that occurs when their lives literally depend on it. There is the western culture that sees the earth as nothing more than a never ending resource without realizing that by their activities, they are at risk of creating their own demise. Then there is the indigenous culture that personifies the land. They see the earth as an entity that they have made a bond with; a bond that now lay broken. The book also utilizes silence not only as a symbol for something much bigger but also as a way to craft identity through the views of culture on a forged path of oppression, pain, and inner strength.…show more content…
They saw it only on the flat, two-dimensional world of paper” (279). To the government, the land is a never ending supplier with the sole purpose to be consumed by them. They have allowed themselves to believe this thus creating no feelings of guilty as they extort the land, whereas the natives see something else entirely. The government doesn’t seem to understand that “Getting through the crisis requires understanding our impact on nature as precisely as possible, but even more, it requires understanding those ethical systems and using that understanding to reform them.” The natives maybe in a fight over land but they understand that the true battle is over perception. By stripping Angle of affection, Hogan, creates a twisted concept of a mother- daughter relationship. Through this relationship she exploits the uses of silence weaving it together with environmental trauma created by repression. Hannah’s, Angel’s mother, pasts as carved scars upon her thus in turn causing her to do the same to her daughter. The quiet behavior of Angel at the beginning is the first insight to her painful childhood. Due to Hannah’s mistreatment, Angel, is forced from foster home to foster home causing her to hide behind a wall of silence as a defensive mechanism, living in “a room of fear, fear of everything—silence, closeness,
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