Tracey Lindberg’s novel Birdie is narratively constructed in a contorting and poetic manner yet illustrates the seriousness of violence experience by Indigenous females. The novel is about a young Cree woman Bernice Meetoos (Birdie) recalling her devasting past and visionary journey to places she has lived and the search for home and family. Lindberg captures Bernice’s internal therapeutic journey to recover from childhood traumas of incest, sexual abuse, and social dysfunctions. She also presents Bernice’s self-determination to achieve a standard of good health and well-being. The narrative presents Bernice for the most part lying in bed and reflecting on her dark life in the form of dreams. The dreams are presented in different time frames, beginning with Bernice travelling from Northern Alberta to Gibson British (BC) in search of her fantasy teenage love, Pat John, who she considers to be a “healthy, working Indian man” (7). Pat John plays Jesse in Beachcombers a TV show that was aired on CBC (p.7). The novel then goes back to Bernice’s childhood traumas of incest, sexual abuse and social dysfunctions. The dreams are structed in poetic forms and precede almost all the chapters in the novel and here and there throughout the novel. For example, chapter two begins with “She feels a caress on her cheek, a cool hand on her …show more content…
The negligence of women doing nothing about sexual abuse and incest. Her aunty Val brining all those boyfriends around that sexually abuse Bernice (p.182). She refused to go back to her uncle Larry’s place, yet no one asked why (p.12). Valene herself is guilty of poor parenting that cause Bernice to end up in foster care (p.183). it calls for concern as to how they attend to their issues to in turn help
In the book “Catching Jordan” by Miranda Kenneally: Jordan makes many decisions that real-life teenagers have to make every day. She has to choose who to trust, love, and hate throughout the whole book. Jordan’s decisions also affect everyone around her, even her family. A huge decision that she has to make that comes up numerous times in the book is where to go to college to continue her career in football. This is a decision that many juniors and seniors in high school have to make in real life, sometimes sooner than the last two years of high school.
When looking at Aboriginal life and culture, through the lens of fiction, there is often a heavy emphasis of the supernatural, many times portrayed through the images and stories of mythical creatures. These spiritual beings, such as the Weetigo, a cannibalistic creature of Cree mythology, can be seen as a representative of a society in which trauma plays an influential role in origin stories and in life; thus such stories often have a strong 'traumatic' base to them. Tomson Highway's Kiss of the Fur Queen and Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach, both utilize mythology and the spiritual world to describe the battle of dealing with various traumas. Through these novels the role of mythology and storytelling within Aboriginal trauma, and how to
A significant motif of The Painted Bird is the comparison between the primitive aspects that the boy experiences in the countryside that contrast his upbringing in civilization. The child’s strongest memory of his past life is his “appendix operation when [he] was only four years old” (Kosinski 10). There he had access to modern medicine and recalls “the glossy hospital floors, the gas mask doctors placed on my face” (Kosinski 10). This directly contrasts with his experiences in village life. During his time with the village healer, Olga, the boy witnesses the many rituals she uses to heal people.
Another book that demonstrated the competitive drive amongst athletes was, Magic/ Bird written by Eric Simonson. This book highlighted the rivalry between Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson throughout their respected basketball careers. In their professional careers, Bird played for the Boston Celtics and Magic played for the Los Angeles Lakers. Even with the intense rivalry of Magic and Bird they each highly respected one another, especially after shooting the commercial for Converse. While in Bird’s home town French Lick, Indiana, Bird and Magic discussed their personal lives, which gave them better understanding and a new-found friendship.
The Homeless Bird and The Odyssey The Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan, is an award winning book which reflects the story of a young girl who became a widow in a young age and how she suffers in life, but in the end achieves what she wanted for herself. Meanwhile, the Odyssey is an epic book containing chapters of poem by Homer, it conveys the story of Odysseus who had to suffer greatly before his long-wished homecoming, mainly due to the wrath of the Gods after the Trojan War. In both novels, the characters suffers from their ill-fated life, but had to strive to live their lives to the fullest in an attempt to achieve their dreams and their great desires. The two stories project the idea of before achieving something, a person should suffer
“Late he come walking and it be Nightjohn and he bringing us the way to know” (Paulsen page 92). In the novel, Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen, a slave named John decides to secretly share his knowledge of literature with others living on different plantations. After moving to a new plantation, John meets a young slave named Sarny. Sarny was uneducated but had an interest in literature. John knew that it was important to teach Sarny how to read and write so she could also teach other slaves.
Gender performance is perpetuated by the conditioning and experiences of children from birth which also perpetuates the gender safety gap. Women and men are not as biologically different as once thought. They are simply held to different expectations in society, as explained by Nicholson’s Interpreting Gender. The Break is able to explore the lived experience of being an indigenous woman and how their relationships have evolved over time. As well as remaining strong when faced with the intersections of sexism and
Native Americans in Canadian society are constantly fighting an uphill battle. After having their identity taken away in Residential Schools. The backlash of the Residential Schools haunts them today with Native American people struggling in today 's society. Native Americans make up five percent of the Canadian population, yet nearly a quarter of the murder victims. The haunting memories of Residential Schools haunt many Native Americans to this day.
Do you know anyone who has Orinthophobia, the fear of birds? Or do you yourself fear the birds? “The Birds”, written by Daphne De Maurier, is a short story that uses various literary terms to make an exceptional piece of writing. The story uses the literary devises such as foreshadowing, imagery, and characterization to create an exhilarating tale. Maurier uses these three components to tell a thrilling story that keeps the reader on edge.
The Birds by Daphne du Maurier takes place on a farm overlooking a precipice above the English Channel. The story tells of a man named Nat, his wife and children’s attempt to survive when all birds turn upon hu-mans. They live in a three room cottage on farm land owned by the Trigg family. On the farm, Nat does work and assorted jobs.
Huda Paracha 812 To Kill A Mockingbird And Caged Birds “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. ”- Maya Angelou Have you ever had any emotional or physical struggles in your life that sometimes made you feel as if though you were caged and unable to achieve your goal?
“But God made my face; you cannot want to tear my face. Envy is a deadly sin, Mary.” (pg.115). During this time people of the town were easily persuaded to persecute their fellow neighbors, due to their religion and it’s principles. Thirty years before the infamous Salem Witch Trials there was a witch scare in Hartford,Connecticut, resulting in raised tensions about witches, making the hangings of 20 people more of a safety precaution rather than a righteous and fair trial.
In the story, “on Birds, Bird Watching and Jazz” by Ellison, the interesting theory as to how Charles Porter Jr. got his nickname as “Bird “ is told using humor in his stories along with a careful choice of syntax and his diction. In the first paragraph, the author uses alliteration,”...and despite the crabbed and constricted character…” to give us an insight on the figure he is speaking about. The author also chooses these words to build up an impression and then breaks it by saying Parker was a most intensive melodist. In the second paragraph of this story, Ellison establishes what a nickname does and how it would originate. Continuing on, Ellison introduces a new fact to the audience, that jazzmen were labeled as cats because they were legends.
This passage from “A white Heron”, by Sarah Orne Jewett, details a short yet epic journey of a young girl, and it is done in an entertaining way. Jewett immediately familiarizes us with our protagonist, Sylvia, in the first paragraph, and our antagonist: the tree. However, this is a bit more creative, as the tree stands not only as an opponent, but as a surmountable object that can strengthen and inspire Sylvia as she climbs it. This “old pine” is described as massive, to the point where it, “towered above them all and made a landmark for sea and shore miles and miles away.” (Line 8).
Play With Your Birds: Where Children’s Creativity Soars The Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) is an incredible facility that offers art exhibits and experiences for people of all ages, including some particularly unique spaces for children. One site in particular, titled Play With Your Birds, is designed by Rosanna Raymond and gives children the opportunity to explore the origins of the traditional Tahitian garment, the tiputa, as well as providing the resources for visitors to create their own (Queensland Government, 2015). After spending time analysing this space using the keywords designed by Ceppi & Zini (1998) as a guide, it becomes clear why this space is so attractive for people of all ages and how it creates a learning environment attends