The Perils Of Indifference By Louise Erdrich

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Sadly, one of my all-time favorite authors, Elie Wiesel, died this past week. His extraordinary life and mindset regarding humanity has altered my way of thinking. Taken from his speech “The Perils of Indifference” these lines have stuck with me and can be applied to numerous situations: “The opposite of live is not hate, it’s indifference” (American Rhetoric: Elie Wiesel - The Perils of Indifference, 2016). Through his life experiences and words,Wiesel illustrates the dangers of indifference on society and the lives of its individuals. Examining Louise Erdrich’s novel Love Medicine and the complex use of individuals used to emphasize the cultural identity of Native American reservation life the theme of love emerges. Marie Kashpaw, especially, demonstrates an exceptional fondness for children; she doles out love to her children and also loves needy and abandoned children. Whereas Marie has love to give, Lipsha spends the novel searching for acknowledgement and love from his parents. Further on, Marie and the theme of love stand out again as Lipsha admires his grandparents’ love. Interestingly enough, the feeling of hate emanates from the characters as well. For instance, Albertine has a tumultuous, hateful relationship with her mother; she also hates reservation life and runs away to pursue an education. Another character, King, hates Lipsha because of paternity issues. Additionally, for a good amount of time, Marie fosters hate towards Lulu for the adulterous

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