The Global Circulation Of Traumatic Narrative In Ho
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Ceremony was written by Leslie Marmon Silko, first published in 1977. Tayo, the protagonist in the novel, experienced his own identity crisis his entire life just like every teenager does nowadays.
Tayo goes on a hero’s journey to find a cure for his PTSD from the war. The protagonist was raised by his Aunt and Uncle, Josiah. He fought in World War II with his cousin Rocky in the humid forest of the Philippines, there he was convinced that his uncle was shot and killed.
In the Philippines there was constant rain and floods, Tayo prayed for the rain to stop; when he arrived home after his six year deployment he found that there has been a drought on his reserve. This starts his journey for healing, Tayo believes that he is to blame…show more content… She argues that the trauma in the novel is a way to break barriers and force privileged readers to understand others. She says that the representation of trauma in the novel makes readers see the effects of imperialism rather than focusing on politics, making it a personal problem not a political one. The novel depicts this trauma in a relevant light for global readers.
I agree with her, this is not a single incident and the book does an amazing job to show privileged people that trauma is everywhere, not just in the past. Literature is sometimes used as a vehicle to tell stories that other people can’t experience or haven’t. Silko uses her story to show the world other people's suffering, probably a suffering they have indirectly helped. When Americans think of Native American suffering it is thought of a thing of the past, something we have already fixed; but if we look at the Dakota Access Pipeline, oppression is still shown there. Silko took her chance to force people to sympathize with Tayo and hopefully reflect on all the oppression that is still happening in the world