The Sense Of Community Saul Gets From Hockey And The Kellys

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The sense of community Saul gets from hockey and the Kellys is what helps him get through all the abuse he endures at the residential school and the racism he endures throughout the rest of his life.
Saul first experiences isolation when the white men take him to St-Jerome’s residential school after the death of his grandmother. At this point in his life, he is isolated from his family and his culture, “In what seemed like an instant, the world I had known was replaced by an ominous black cloud” (47), he says, when he realizes that his life would be never be the same after stepping through the doors of that school. St-Jerome’s attempts to change aboriginal children into learning the ways of the white people, even though these children are not white and will never be white; this leaves them with a sense of emptiness and without identity. This loneliness was the root of all Saul’s problems. The life he once knew was completely lost and everything has changed. Even though he is surrounded by many other aboriginal children at the school, still, he is excluded: “At St. Germ’s the kids called me “Zhaunagush” because I could speak and read English” (48). This makes his sense of isolation even deeper; he is excluded by his own people. This sense of isolation seems to disappear once he changes his focus to hockey. “As I laced my skates my fingers actually trembled. Not from the cold but from the knowledge that freedom was imminent, that flight was at hand” (64). Hockey gives Saul a…
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