Spotless in Leslie Marmon Silko's "Ceremony" Essay examples

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Leslie Marmon Silko uses the idea of being speckled and/or spotless in her book Ceremony. To try to be spotless is the Laguna people trying to become a part of white society, hence, becoming separated from the Earth and from the roots, tradition, beliefs, rituals and customs of the Native American way. It is letting in white society with the belief that it can somehow improve you. It is destructive change that takes a person away from the Earth. It is change that specifies and names possessions and makes you question your own beliefs. On the other hand, being speckled is learning and shifting with this clash of cultures in order for it not to interfere and destroy you. It is a change that helps you beat white society by not conforming…show more content…
They have become spotless by being away from their homeland and integrated into the white culture though the war, prostitutes and booze. This new speckled breed also shows relation to the Lagunas. The cattle are weak and seemingly useless. But in all actuality they are very durable and can live on less than domesticated cattle can. Reck points out that "they are survivors" and refuse to be caged by man, much like the Lagunas in how [some of them] try to fight off the white man's ways. Reck sums it up, "Like the cattle, the Native Americans wish to be liberated from the white man, always in search of a way to evade his grip. The cattle are reminiscent of the previous generations of Indians before the infiltration of the white man--strong, durable, close to the land, free from fences and restrictions." In other words, it is very easy to get sucked into all that white society seemingly has to offer. If you do, you can no longer "roam freely." Silko describes these cattle like deer or antelope. She does this because they are the only things that have that "wildness" to the Navajo. Bringing in and changing, but not necessarily conforming to, the European idea of everything being spotless, is what has to be accepted in order to remain speckled. You have to accept the change. Spotlessness resists change, because it fights against what is natural to the earth. Betonie says, "Things that don't change are dead things" (Silko 84). You

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