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5-3 Final Paper - Milestone Three - Critical Theory Short Paper.docx

5-3 Final Paper - Milestone Three - Critical Theory Short Paper.docx

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Kisha Bonner Professor DiSabato Literature 300 23 May 2014 Lesley Marmon Silko’s Ceremony Literary Analysis Leslie Marmon Silko’s “ Ceremony” was meant to bring awareness of stereotypes, clichés, prejudices, racisms, misconceptions, cultural differences, self destruction, and self improvement to our attention as a whole for the betterment of the human race. Through the application of structural literary criticism I was able to better understand this novel. Analyzing Ceremony ” using Gerald Genette’s ideas helped me to reach my conclusion about the novel. Taking a look at the events that happened to the main character in Ceremony , “Tayo”, you can see he was born part Indian and Caucasian to a poor family. He had a rough childhood being raised by his mentally abusive and neglectful aunt. He struggled with his identity being mixed between two confusing worlds and his white teachers telling him that his Native American beliefs and stories weren’t real. He joined the service with his cousin and they went to war. He
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