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Unformatted text preview: As a personal narrative and an autobiography, Black Elk Speaks is not concerned with developing fictional characters. Its plot traces Black Elk's life through a historical chronology, and its characters are actual figures from the history of the American West. Black Elk is the only person represented in any complete way in the narrative; other characters might be mentioned at most, a handful of times, but readers have no true sense of the details of their lives or personalities. Black Elk is the protagonist of Black Elk Speaks, the only character readers see close up, from the inside out. He is the first-person narrator of the story, and part of what readers know about him is conveyed by the voice he uses in the narrative, which is modest and generous in deflecting the reader's attention from his personal story to the story of his tribe. Black Elk wins the reader's faith by reader's attention from his personal story to the story of his tribe....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08