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Sarah Boyle The Orenda 212-433 LITR356 April 30 th , 2016 “Neither Isaac nor Gabriel nor I am used to eating more than just enough to keep us from starving, but tonight we are like our savages, and having wait until everyone else has been fed, we gorge ourselves, partaking until our stomachs feel as if they’ll burst. All around us are in a joyful mood, and there is none of the antagonism I’ve carried like a heavy burden for so long with just brief respite. On an evening such as this with all of us like one great family, with even Gosling smiling and laughing with the rest, I can truly see, Lord, a future for these ones that isn’t damnation” (212). “I’ll tell you one more thing”, Gosling says, “and that will be all for tonight”. I nod like a little boy. “Your family, my family, the family of Bird, we will keep wandering north in pursuit of the animals to avoid the crows and their followers who’ll continue coming to this land. Eventually we’ll stop near a frozen salt sea because we can’t go any farther. I listen as she tells me the story of the birds who will come after I am gone, how they’ll be great warriors and great hunters and great seers. On this night she makes me see that life goes on despite so much of it around us having brutally expired (433). The two passages from The Orenda are characterized by the inevitability of colonization and that even the disappearance of the Orenda (belief that objects and persons hold a spiritual energy) and the Huron people was destined to happen. The idea of colonization becomes more evident as the Jesuits, Christophe Crow, Gabriel, and Isaac slowly but surely convert Huron people to their belief in God. Whether or not their god is real comes into question, however during times of desperate need the Huron find themselves partnering up with the French. While Bird and other influential leaders in the Huron
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