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Daniel McAree REL 306 4/28/11 Ceremony Paper 1. Discuss Tayo’s relation with his Auntie, Thelma. Why was she raising him as a boy? Why would she care for him after he came out of the veterans hospital and home to Laguna? What impression of Auntie do you get from Silko’s descriptions of her that she lived by counting crosses to bear (p30) and was always probing for new shame (p29)? Why did she and Tayo actually understand each other so well? What did she have against Tayo? When Old Grandmother proposed that Tayo undergo a traditional cure, why did Auntie have mixed feelings? Tayo’s Auntie Thelma was very integral in Tayo’s upbringing and a very important character in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony . She was raising him as a boy because she took him in to conceal the shame that Tayo’s mother, Thelma’s younger sister, would have had for being impregnated by a white man. When Tayo goes to New Laguna from Los Angeles after coming out of the veterans hospital, his Auntie welcomes him again to care for him. Silko writes, “This
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