Where The Blood Mixes Character Analysis

1330 WordsNov 22, 20176 Pages
In his play Where the Blood Mixes, Kevin Loring casts light on the rippling effects of the trauma caused by residential schools on generations of Indigenous peoples in the twenty first century. Loring's play, which is set in the twenty first century, illuminates the present-day legacy of residential schools and residential school survivors. Loring strives not to minimize the experiences of residential school survivors, but to reconstruct how residential school survivors are viewed and represented. Loring achieves this task through his depiction of characters that are sad but loving and funny people with hobbies, people who are not consumed with and defined by their residential school experiences but continue to feel its painful…show more content…
George’s”). The reopening of a new school (“St. George’s) as well as two outbreaks of disease marked successive years; an influenza outbreak infected one hundred and seventy children, and a measles outbreak spread to one hundred and fifty children (St. George’s). It is vital to note that the population of the St. George’s school exceeded the school building’s capacity: in 1952, the building, with a maximum capacity of one hundred and eighty, housed two hundred and twelve children (“St. George’s”). The overcrowding would have been life-threatening in the case of an emergency, such as a fire, because the sheer number of people in the building would impede access to an exit. Additionally, the numbers of children jammed into an inadequately-sized space played a role in the spread of influenza and the measles, because the close proximity of the students made it easier to spread disease from person to person. According to Loring, although the St. George residential school no longer stands, its damaging legacy continues to live on in Lytton: he writes “when the Lytton Indian Band finally got control of the land it occupied, they tore the old school down, the memories of it too painful, the building itself like a monument to that pain” (Loring 94). The story of the painful legacy of residential schools that survives in communities is reflected in Loring's play. Loring demonstrates the humanness of residential school survivors through the character Mooch. He
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