Richard Wagamese brings to light the troubles of aboriginals living in Northern Canada in his book Indian Horse. Wagamese demonstrates the maltreatment aboriginals have faced at the hands of the Zhaunagush and their residential schools. The disgusting truth of the treatment of aboriginals in Canada is shown through recovering alcoholic, Saul Indian Horse, who recounts his life from the time he lived in the bush with his native family, the Anishinabeg, to the the time he checked into The New Dawn Treatment Centre. Seen through Saul’s eyes, the Canadian government captures and transports native children to residential schools. Not only are these children stripped from their native way of life, they are placed in an environment that eerily resembles an internment camp.
John Wilson was based upon an infamous scandal at the turn of the century which Simmie was inspired by. This novel demonstrates a mix of early Canadian immigration, RCMP history and a major crime. Being native to the province, Simmie wanted to share this local tragedy with the rest of the world. This
The last bomber, Leo Burt was 22 years old at the time of the bombing. He fled to Canada with Fine, and still remains at large to this day. The Sterling Hall bombing showed the true feelings that some individuals had in regards to the War and the Government. These peaceful protest broken up by police caused the protesters to have more anger and hatred. The The Vietnam War not only caused pain and suffering on the battle grounds, but on the soil of America as
Prometheus writes that he finally recognizes ‘why the best in me has been my sins and my transgressions; and why I had never felt guilt in my sins” in the concluding chapter of Anthem (Rand, 98). Prometheus comes to understand that the reason he has felt no regret for his actions, is because they are what makes him an individual. This meaning that throughout his life he has been degraded because of how he would wonder and constantly ask questions, but this has made him a person with views and genuine curiosity on how the world works. These are all characteristics of a single person because not all people have the same views on everything. Surprisingly, in Prometheus’ society no one is considered an individual and
He tells stories about when he fled to the border of Canada due to his pride, feels guilty for letting his family and friends down, and then comes back. This trend of guilt felt due to decisions that were made based on pride is also shown when Jimmy Cross has too much pride to tell his higher ups that the place in the field isn’t safe for the troop to settle down, so he feels guilty when Kiowa is lost in the muck. The situations that O’Brien and his comrades are put in because of their pride can lead them to do things out of character and lead to a deep sense of guilt later. These themes in The Things They Carried give the readers a better idea of how soldiers made tough choices in Vietnam and how it affected them
When Smith is in Mr. Clutter’s home, he says “I didn’t want to harm the man. I thought he was a very nice gentleman. Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.” (Chapter 2 page 102). Smith knows that his actions are inhumane and respects the Clutters, but even if he shows sympathy, there won’t be any escape to what he has done.
We learn about his love for Juliet, and his difficult past through flashbacks: his abusive father, and the event that killed his cousins. The novel represents marginalized youth in Canada in a way that we rarely see in literature and film. The novel has some very dark themes, including sexual abuse, violence, and substance abuse. The Lesser Blessed is a very bleak novel- because of the dark themes it presents,
Paul does not feel true remorse for his brother in the entire duration of the story, even when Serge is severely injured by Paul himself. He simply cares for Michel’s approval. The absolute disregard for any other living creature’s wellbeing is a prime example of the upper class
Nathan felt unable to escape and dealt with his strain in the only way he thought was possible – killing. Meanwhile Erik assisted his friend because he was feeling vicarious strain and also wanted to help his friend escape the unwanted family situation he was seemingly trapped
Features such as "the ecclesiastical gloom of the great hall … were a source of constant delight and great exultation to Tony; things of tender memory and proud possession" (14). The difference in opinions between the description of Hetton in the Guide Book and how Tony view Hetton is obvious. The Guide Book and the public do not see anything enjoyable about the house while Tony praises it. Despite everyone's disapproval, Tony cares very little about what others think and uses the lack of support toward Hetton to justify his disregard of others, including his wife
"Canada entered World War I as a colony and came out a nation..." (Bruce Huchison). Canada suffered many deaths and struggles from the first world war. They rushed in voluntarily, not expecting the bloodshed and the pain, in return experiencing death, pursued by a fall in economy, job loss, and a somewhat divided nation. But, despite of the clear negative effects of this war, Canada obtained its deserved autonomy. Before this conflict, Canada was nothing but a small British colony, living under the control of England, incapable to be brave and victorious.
Escaping Residential Schools; Racism, Alcoholism, Rates of suicide How would you feel growing up around alcoholic parents that became that way because of residential schools? How would it make you feel knowing that your parents were beaten in every which way by the canadian government? These survivors children suffer from alcoholism, racism and high rates of suicide. There are long lasting effects on not only these residential school survivors but their next generations. Canada’s Aboriginal people have to deal with racism in their everyday lives and activities.
Tompson Highways play, The Rez Sisters, illustrates the various challenges Native Canadians face within today’s society. The audience and readers of the play are able to learn and understand the numerous problems which exist on the Reserve including poverty, gambling, abuse and addiction. Perhaps one of the bigger challenges found however, is within each of the individual characters. There is a loss of identity which in turn, diminishes one’s tradition, language and culture. Identity is how you view yourself and your life.
Lois Simmie’s novel, “The Secret lives of Sgt. John Wilson: A Story of Love & Murder,” is a true important novel that includes many real events that had happened in the province of Saskatchewan. John Wilson came to Canada from Scotland in the year of 1912 leaving behind a wife and a family, promising he’d return in a year. In 1914 he joined the Royal North West Mounty Police. He was located in a small community in Saskatchewan where he shortly fell in love with a young woman named Jessie who he would do anything for, including murdering his wife.