Unformatted text preview: In Chapter 1, Dorris introduces three of his most important themes: sickness, family, and racial identity. Dorris emphasizes these three themes by beginning the novel in a hospital, where Christine, a Native-American woman hospitalized because of poor, deteriorating health brought on by drinking, and visited by her daughter, Rayona, and her husband, Elgin, struggles to keep her sanity. The game of solitaire, which Christine and Rayona play, symbolizes the lonely existence that both women live. Ironically, however, their isolation means that they must depend on each other for companionship. Christine cheats at the game, and Rayona allows her to, but what Rayona doesn't realize is that Christine wants Rayona to catch her at cheating. Apparently, their roles are reversed: Christine acts like the rebellious, irrational daughter, and Rayona acts like the wise mother, chiding...
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08