The Indigenous Style of Louise Erdrich Native American literature is generally uncommon for the 21st century. Much of the culture and folklore from the older generations of Native Americans has been forgotten. Despite this, Louise Erdrich strives to narrate the Anishinaabe way of life. Her Chippewa Indian mother educated her about native culture and influenced her to write about her heritage. Erdrich’s fictional novel Tracks, illustrates the lives of native tribe members living in North Dakota.
When comparing writers like Louise Edrich, Zitkala-Ša, and Langston Hughes, the reader finds themselves in three different environments but with the same need of survival. These texts stood out because they all have that basic need, but are individualized in various ways. They are the stories, "The School Days of an Indian Girl" by Zitkala-Ša, "Brass Spittoons" by Langston Hughes, and Tracks by Louise Edrich. The theme that emerged was survival, whether that would be a young student moving to another
Tracks and Love Medicine, both by Louise Erdrich, are only fragments of a much larger collection of Erdrich’s Native American works. Both pieces of literature are set in the early to mid-twentieth century and revolve around difficulties the Native American people go through in their struggle of preserving their culture and ways of life. Native American literature invokes a taste of modern influence alongside traditional Indian mythology to truly thicken a plot. Ancestral values are evident throughout
point of view, plot, theme, and setting. Sometimes the answer is in black and white and other times it takes critical thinking to come up with a response. Some short stories have an important real life lesson while others are simply easy to relate to. Symbolism also plays a role in short stories by giving an event, object, or words being said a deeper meaning than the surface that brings importance to the story. “The Fat Girl” by Andre Dubus, “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich, and “An Ounce of
quote, “you can’t understand someone until you walk a mile in their shoes” at least once in their life. It means that a person should not judge another person before considering their perspective on something. For the novel Tracks by Louise Erdrich, that quote is an important theme for its main characters. The novel gives a glimpse into the lives of Native Americans in 20th century America through the narrative of two characters: Nanapush and Pauline Puyat. The stories of the two alternate through every
Pocahontas and the Mythical Indian Woman Pocahontas. Americans know her as the beautiful, Indian woman who fell in love with the white settler John Smith and then threw her body upon the poor white captive to protect him from being brutally executed by her own savage tribe. The magical world of Walt Disney came out with their own movie version several years ago portraying Pocahontas as a tan, sexy Barbie doll figure and John Smith as a blond-haired, blue-eyed muscular Ken doll. Although Disney
Racism Racism is a huge problem, especially here in the United States. The United States has come a long was, but there is no doubt that there is much more progress to be made. People seem to follow the patterns of others and fall in to the same issues. It is important that the cycle breaks and individual learn to be independent and speak their own minds instead of following the thoughts and beliefs of others. Until the chains are broken and people fall out of this endless loop, racism will continue
Is shatter too strong a verb? I heard my window break. But break seems too weak a verb.” (p. 7, line 21) 8. “As I visualize the moment—as I edit in my mind—I add the sound track, or rather I completely silence the sound track.” (p. 7, line 23) 9. “And then one hears—feels—the epic thump of two feet landing on that same floor. Somebody…had just broken and entered my life.” (p. 8, line 1) 10. “In order to be terrified, one must lose all sense