The Medicine Bag Short Story Summary

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In the two short stories “The Medicine Bag” written by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve and “Who are you Today Maria” written by Judith Ortiz Cofer, the two characters have plenty of similarities and differences. In “The Medicine Bag”, a boy named Martin indulges in his Native American culture and grows closers to his Grandfather. Before even receiving the precious Medicine Bag, Martin feels self conscious with his heritage but then learns to somewhat embrace it. In “Who are you Today Maria” a girl goes through a closet and assembles an outfit that embodies her family. Maria’s teacher gives her classmates a decision to dress as a poem or a joke; and she chose to dress as a poem. Both stories have a manifold of similarities and differences involving relationships with grandparents, attitudes towards culture, and how the character’s environment affects their sentiment. In all stories, the environment in which the character lives in changes the outcome of the story. In “The Medicine Bag” written by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, the story alternates from Bell View Drive in Ohio and Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. In result of Martin living in an ordinary neighborhood, he does not want to take on Native American traditions; the Medicine Bag. “I thought of having my friends see it in gym class, at the swimming pool, imagine the smart things they would say.” pg.252. If Martin’s family lived with the Grandfather on the Indian Reservation, Martin would feel nothing but

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