Redemption in Ontology

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Redemption in Ontology Dylan Douglas Professor Bogden English 220 Prompt #2 Monday, April 12 th , 2009
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Leslie Mormon Silko’s novel, “Ceremony,” is the Native American story about Tayo, a young man who struggles to make sense out of a white man’s modern world. His main concern, a quest that many other members of his generation find they are facing, is defining his personal identity. He encounters many challenges that his upbringing as a farmer does not prepare him for, especially his transition into school and the army. The setting of the story’s events takes place post-Tayo’s service in World War II, in a region of reservation lands that are full of veterans just like him who suffer from the same social ailments and mental disturbances. The change that his generation of young Indians experience is the sociological outcome of a series of broken promises and dreams that they once relied on. The influence that fighting on the side of America, the country known for having stolen the Indian’s native land, had on them wreaks havoc on their culture in many ways. The community in the city of Gallup, New Mexico, embodies this devastation and the horrific changes made by the cultural disruption. It is the scene for the new, impoverished, neglected people whose social system is most apparently failing them. The demographic is not exclusive to war veterans; their relatives and other adults also gravitate towards this city and contribute to it’s drama and general dysfunction. The tension between people’s expectancies and hopes as they embark on their lives, leaving their reservations and traveling to cities like Gallup, is enormous. When they are met with the grim reality of things, a vicious and destructive cycle permeates in their lives and they descend a downward spiral of misfortune. This greatly affects their society and as we see through the story of Tayo, pulling one’s self out of this and living contently comes along with unforeseeable challenges. However, few people can withstand living in this kind of socially depressing environment and a necessity for personal solutions and growth emerges. Gallup as a setting creates a general assessment of the social ailments of its occupants, including the tension between the people passing through with the ones who grow up and live there. People who gravitate towards this city are either unhappy in, displaced by, or in search of help for their native community. Their hope is to draw success, happiness, and stability from it – notions which prove to be blatantly hopeless. The influx of people looking for work in hopes of earning large wages in white-collar positions become trapped along with other native “blacks, Mexicans, and Indians” trying
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to find work (Silko, 100). The main employers, “White storekeepers,” regard their employees as being invaluable and easily expandable, a mentality that allows them to operate like oppressive tyrants. This kind of disloyalty disrupts the social structure of
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