Why I Chose Estranged As A Woman

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Zitkala-Ša was a woman, who along with hundreds of thousands of others, was stripped of her true identity to become a person she knew she could never truly be. As Zitkala-Ša grew up she was recruited into a missionary school that was designed to remove the remnants of Native American culture and replace them with white culture. One of the problems of this was that it made Zitkala-Ša estranged from every culture, belief, and person that was thrown on her. This problem, that I saw reflected time and time again through Zitkala-Ša’s autobiographies, is the reason why I chose estranged as the one word to describe her. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of estrange/estranged is: “to remove from customary environment or associations” or “to arouse especially mutual enmity or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness.” The first time I recognized Zitkala-Ša experiencing estrangement was in 1876, the year she was born. After the battle of Little Bighorn the Sioux were moved onto smaller reservations. This made room for white settlers, but it greatly increased the difficulty for the Sioux to obtain their culture and traditions. Although Zitkala-Ša does not remember the move because of her age at the time, she still experienced the aftermath and the struggle that the Sioux and all other Native American groups went through. Another aspect of Zitkala-Ša’s life that brought on the feeling of estrangement, was when she was

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