The detrimental and unfair categorization of people by race, gender and more, commonly known as discrimination, affects many in society both mentally and emotionally. Many instances of this act of hatred occurred among Aboriginal and Native Canadians in the 20th century. However, for a little Native Indian boy stepping onto the rink, this is the norm that surrounds him. Saul Indian Horse, in Richard Wagamese’s “Indian Horse”, faces discrimination head on, where his strengths for hockey are limited by the racial discrimination from the surrounding white ethnicity. Consequently, this racism draws him into a mentally unstable state, where he suffers heavy consequences. Throughout the novel, prejudicial comments directed towards Saul inflict a major impact on him and his teammates by confining their abilities, thus leading him into a troublesome mental state of mind. Through the continuation of Saul’s games on the ice rink, constant discriminative comments from the white race that dominated the game (and the crowd) impact him in a negative way, limiting his skills on the ice rink. Subsequent to Saul’s introduction to the Moose and his spot as the center, him and his team play against various others, after substantiating to be a potent hockey team. In the midst of northern …show more content…
White mens’ criticism against Saul’s darker skin negatively impact him on the rink, slowly imprisoning him to a corner of the rink, where his abilities have nowhere to shine. Due to these persistent preferential remarks, Saul falls into the depths of his own suffering, where his mental state suffers terrible consequences. Many in society today suffer harsh consequences solely due to their gender, skin tone, and ethnic background. What if you were one of many in society, suffering discrimination
In this case, they just won a tournament, and when they wanted to celebrate this in a café, they got humiliated and got beaten by a couple white men because of this "white" folk’s hate for Indians and as a comeback to win the tournament in the white people's game. - As a result, all of this racism, even in a game, had an immense influence on his mental state and inevitably changed his playstyle to be far more aggressive. Because of the racism he had to deal with while playing hockey, he has transformed his style of play to be more
Writer Sherman Alexie has a knack of intertwining his own problematic biographical experience with his unique stories and no more than “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” demonstrates that. Alexie laced a story about an Indian man living in Spokane who reflects back on his struggles in life from a previous relationship, alcoholism, racism and even the isolation he’s dealt with by living off the reservation. Alexie has the ability to use symbolism throughout his tale by associating the title’s infamy of two different ethnic characters and interlinking it with the narrator experience between trying to fit into a more society apart from his own cultural background. However, within the words themselves, Alexie has created themes that surround despair around his character however he illuminates on resilience and alcoholism throughout this tale.
Just as aboriginal Canadians face racism today so did Maria’s family when in the city people would “hurl insults at us… Halfbreeds are in town, hide your valuables.” (36) causing discouragement and degrading their moral. Racism caused a “change in her[my] parents and other adult’s attitudes.” (36).
This book made me realize racial issues that are occurring in today’s society were a lot worse that they appeared to be. Overall, the book was worth the read, as it got me to think and reflect on today’s society. I don’t believe that there were many gaps in the authors analysis as it shockingly clear that Black Canadians have in the past and even still today experience discrimination, and racism. Conclusion
Thirdly, discriminatory behaviour by surrounding communities and the effects it has on First Nation children. There are many voices in this world that appreciate being heard upon their opinions, but some individuals use their voices as weapons to bring down other people. In Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse, the audience in a hockey game perceive a hockey team full of Indigenous peoples as a source of negative energy for the game in general, and that can be interpreted as racial discrimination. “As we skated onto the ice for our game against the North Bay Nuggets, the crowd booed us. When our line us was introduced, they knew exactly where to direct their energy” (Wagamese
Neil Diamond 's documentary “Reel Injun” depicts the historical portrayal of the treatment of the First Nations in America. It brings awareness to the truth behind not only First Nations, but other stereotyped groups. For example, that many people often mistake all members of the Muslim community as Extremists who commit inhumane acts of terrorism. Small percentages of the population who fit the stereotyped criteria may often unintentionally represent their background negatively and as a whole. These are then misinterpreted by society ultimately having a biased view on groups of people.
In the past, racial profiling has been used numerous times by police officers and people who thought races other than white were the cause of every case and problem. They thought they were better because they were white and blamed people of other races for committing crimes by judging everyone based off ethnicity. In the play, Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez, Henry and the 38th Street Gang were accused of crimes they have not committed because they were Mexican- American. Today this is still seen society. The play’s messages was that people who were discriminated because they were not white, which is still relevant today.
Through the Medicine Wheel, we are reminded of our lifelong journey that is continuous upon birth and living through youth, adulthood and senior years. In Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse, the protagonist Saul experiences many obstacles which shape and develop his character. Saul’s life can be divided into more than the four stages of life to better understand his journey. Saul’s Life with His Family The time Saul was able to spend with his family was very short due to the effects of the white men.
The Effects of Racial Oppression on an Ethical Man In life, there are many scenarios where normal daily activities can ultimately wear down a person to the point of an out-of-character reaction. Whether this reaction be full of anger, sadness, or even happiness, it may not depend if the subject is a morally upright human in the first place. These experiences can be seen in multiple stories in literature. In the story, “Like a Winding Sheet” by Ann Petry, the author uses point of view, characterization, and symbolism to express the effects of racial oppression on an ethical man.
As the world somehow continues to spin, it is crucial to take a step back and create distance from the harsh realities of the world. In the novel Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, Saul Indian Horse uses hockey to escape the abuse and cultural genocide from his residential school, while managing to make his mark in the game. The game of hockey plays a positive role in Saul’s life, as it shields him from the brutality of his residential school while allowing him to reconcile with his childhood. When abusive behavior rises at St. Jerome's and forces the children to follow the same customs, Saul needs something to differentiate himself from everyone else. Initially, Saul becomes horrified by the measures the kids go through to withstand the school
The main character of this novel, Saul Indian Horse, lived the first seven years of his life peacefully an traditionally, in Winnipeg Lake, Manitoba. That change in 1960 during the “1960 Scoop” when the RCMP took his brother, Ben and sister, Rachel to St. Jerome’s Saul witnessed suicide, sexual abuse (even his own) and extreme cruelty by the nuns and priests towards the children. Playing hockey was his only joy. Hockey was Saul’s salvation in that he “no longer felt afraid or lonely” and “was connected to something bigger than himself” (62).
Everybody goes through hardship even Native American boys on the spokane reservation except this boys hardship is way harder than most people. This story is about the personal story of a Native American boy who overcomes bullying, grief, and poverty to become more then then the people around him. First off the character Arnold Spirit Jr had so many bullying experiences in this story it wasn’t even funny, so i thought bullying would be a good topic to talk about in this essay. The first bullies talked about in this story are the Andruss brothers, they were thirty year old men who bullied a teenager. In the story the Andruss brothers were introduced shortly after Arnold and his bestfriend Rowdy arrived at a powwow near thier home.
When his second grade teacher calls him “indian, indian, indian,” Victor says, “Yes, I am. I am Indian. Indian, I am” (Alexei 173). The conversation portrays parallelism in that Victor’s repetition echoes the way his teacher repeats “Indian”. Alexei’s use of a capitalization change portrays Victor’s desire to identify as Indian while the white community tries to assimilate him.
Racism is one of the most important social issues of the modern world. It has affected millions of people worldwide, and is one of the deepest social problems in history. Hook, Authors, Titles, Main Characters, Summary of passages One of the main messages that I found throughout the texts was that racial inequality still exists. Before we started this unit I had no idea that this was still going on in people's lives, but I have now noticed that this is something that goes on every day.
Everyone 's identity and culture does have an effect on who they are because of the clothes they wear, their personality, and where they come from. The short stories "Totem," by Thomas King, and "Identities," by W.D. Valgardson, both explore how people are judged and treated differently because of their identity, color of their skin, and culture background. This paper will discuss the ways in which the authors engage with the themes of judgement and discrimination. In the short story, "Totem" shows how racism causes people to treat culture and identity differently. Totem took place in the Southwest Alberta Gallery and Prairie Museum.