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Unformatted text preview: Whereas Rayona compensates for her feeling about being displaced from her cultural heritages by becoming silent and withdrawn from her mother, Christine, as a teenager, consciously chooses to become the most popular girl on the reservation. Both women experience the same pains of finding personal identities, but Christine's solution radically differs from Rayona's. Christine says, "I had to find my own way and I started out in the hole." Rayona has experienced very much the same feelings. Christine's idealizing her brother, Lee, is similar to how Rayona idealized Ellen DeMarco and, to an extent, Annabelle Stiffarm. For Christine, Lee symbolizes a picture-perfect world very much like Ellen does for Rayona. Note that when Christine attempts to cross the natural-formed bridge made of yellow stone, Lee saves her. She thinks of Lee, "His calmness flowed through me like a rope." Hence, Lee and the color yellow are linked together in Christine's mind: Both represent safety —...
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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