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Written assignment 5 There are different family configurations and lifestyles. Understanding that, helps appreciate cultural differences. These are the 3 main types of families: Conventional "nuclear" families of mother and father plus one or more child, Multigenerational extended families living together, and one- parent families. In “Yellow Woman” we are exposed to a multigenerational family. Living with multigenerational family explains Native American cultures, including the Laguna, about whom Silko writes- they have a rich oral tradition, in which stories are repeated over and over again in family. The older family members (grandparents) are probably those who know most of the stories. When the narrator awakens the next morning in Silva’s house, she thinks of her family; She imagines her family will report her missing. She thinks her family members will continue with their lives as they have before but with a story about her disappearance. She decides to return home, but returns to Silva’s house at noon. When she sees the house, she remembers that she meant to go home, “But that didn’t seem important any more” (p. 1245). Silko makes it look as if although a few generations live together in this culture, the family members are not very united- the Yellow Woman prefers living with a stranger rather than going back to her husband and baby and the rest of her family. The narrator thinks of her grandfather several times during the story. When she finally returns home, she wishes that he was alive to hear her new version of the Yellow Woman story: "I was sorry that old Grandpa wasn't alive to hear my story. .." (p.1248). The first time she is hungry, at the beginning of the story, she starts following the river back the way she came after she met Silva. Once she started missing Silva sexually, she went back to him. As she approaches Silva’s house she says: “I felt hungry and wondered what they were doing at home now". In this case she thinks about her family, but because of selfish reasons, because she is hungry. The woman’s home, her source of emotional warmth, is not back with her family.
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2011 for the course PSTL 1371 taught by Professor Mollycollins during the Fall '08 term at Minnesota.

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