The acclaimed Canadian author Joseph Boyden is often praised for providing an insightful look into Indigenous culture and history through his debut, Three Day Road. While the novel does explore the haunting memories of an Indigenous soldier, it also tackles concepts about storytelling and the power of words. Consequently, this essay investigates the question; How does Joseph Boyden use literary devices and narrative structure in Three Day Road to illustrate the power of stories and language? The novel serves as an examination of the power of words and the different roles they play in communication, one’s identity, supernatural events or healing. Boyden employs a unique circular narrative style to create contrasts and emphasize how each character
In Three Day Road, storytelling is often related to healing, hunger, and power. In turn, it becomes a type of coping mechanism for varying traumas and hardships that the characters experience. Healing is a weighted concept in this novel. All of the primary characters in Three Day Road appear to either be in the process of healing, or are in desperate need of. Storytelling is used as an aid to individuals that are faced with troubles due to guilt, addiction or grief.
It could be seen as autobiographical, for the author is recounting his experience while writing the memories of his father. Notwithstanding, I will analyse it as a trauma narrative. My reason to do so is that I believe it is the trauma of three of the novel´s main protagonists which determines the way in which the story is written, and that Maus would not have seen the light of day provided it would not have been a real, traumatic experience. Hence, the biographical approach to the novel is possible but we should not forget that it is built around
Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario is the story about a boy in Honduras whose mother left him to pursue a better life in America. This story encompasses the coming of age period of Enrique’s life and many of his experiences can be related to by other children, even in different situations. Nazario develops an interesting novel that both documents the journey of Enrique to the United States but also creates a dramatic tone like a fiction novel would have. Through her diverse use of rhetorical strategies, Nazario was able to explain the positive and negative effects of family relationships through the life of Enrique. She does this by utilizing different literary devices, most evidently, nomos, in which she relates with the story and also opens
Robert and Helen Roulston’s article effectively provides a deeper understanding of The Great Gatsby by presenting background information on Fitzgerald’s personal connections with the novel and examining character development, structure, and literary devices. Knowledge of Fitzgerald’s past enables the
This is an important fact as Henry James would see it because autobiographies often employ first-person singular to narrate events and he writes that it is an “accurst autobiographic form” and such a point of view “destroy[s] the necessary detachment between the writer and his subject (Macauley and Lanning 138). This is worth noting as this statement highlights the disadvantages of the use of using such a point of view and is a reminder that using multiple point of views, such as in The Woman Warrior, allows the reader to understand the situation. This technique allows the author to let the reader understand and formulate his or her own opinion without forcing the reader to think a certain way. In this way, Kingston effectively interlaces a variety of different points of views such as first-person, second-person and third-person throughout the novel to allow the reader to view the stories and events from different perspective, each with its own advantages and
James Moloney, the author of the novel 'The Beauty Is In The Walking', cleverly demonstrates and uses particular characters to put emphasis on ideas. His protagonists and antagonists in his novel are all created in such a way to indicate the different ideas, such as disability, friendship, racism and mystery. Moloney uses the character of Jacobs’s mother to portray the idea of family, and how much family means when you live in a small town. The idea of identity is portrayed by Jacob, as throughout the book he tries to find out and understand what he wants instead of what his parents want. In addition, the author uses the two background characters of Amy and Chloe, to show the differences of the City and the Country, and .
In this essay, quotes from “Theme of Identity and Redemption in Khaled Hossieni’s The Kite Runner” which written by Niraja Saraswat and “The Kite Runner” from Khaled Hossieni will be used as supporting resources. Based on the careful reading and detailed analyses，I willclaim the main causes of Amir’s redemption and betrayal in the novel. The moral concern and the consciousness of redemption were illustrated in Khaled Hosseini’s novel “The Kite Runner”. The fundamental causes that urge Amir to redeem after so many years is Amir’s misunderstanding and readjustment in his perceptions of family and race relations, and the Islamic spirit. At the beginning of the story, the sibling rivalry for parental (Baba’s) love.
This paper explores the implication of narrative in the context of Canadian criminology and explores its influence on criminality and criminal desistance. In the research of both humanitarian and social sciences, narrative criminology emerged nearly a decade after most other fields had adopted the concept of narrative identity into their research and social perspective. The examination of society and identity in the perpetuation and changes in our social moral codes that define deviance, and by extension, crime through determining normalcy. Narrative identity is the theory that identity develops from the contextualization and internalization of external culture by the individual. Through this, the individual understands their place in the narrative
Orwell also was taught by dystopian novelist, Aldous Huxley, from whom Orwell could have adopted his dystopian writing style. After graduating in 1921, Orwell discovered his natural calling for writing. In 1932, Orwell hired his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, who issued him his pen name, George Orwell. As years passed, Orwell found himself drawn to the conflict of the Spanish Civil War. Unfortunately, an injury in the neck and the persecution of Republicans in Spain caused Orwell and his wife, Eileen, to flee the
The lens of Changes in the Land focuses on the Indians and how “their ability to move about the landscape” (Cronon 159), had been “severely constrained” by the actions of the Europeans, and how their life was affected by the settlement. The lens of Experiencing History: Interpreting America’s Past is one that speaks greatly of the Europeans and their life and their struggles and their point of view. This is specifically evident when the textbook speaks of “communities in conflict” (page 89), and how it spotlights the issues pertaining to the colonists. Another area where the textbook and Changes in the Land don’t align is the portrayal of the settlers and the way that they view and act on the land of New England. In our textbook, Experiencing History, the settlers are portrayed as people whom, “established most of their settlements with an eye to stability and order” (page 89).
Robert Bone’s The Regional Geography of Canada versus, John Warkentin’s A Regional Geography of Canada: Life, Land, Space In both Bone’s The Regional Geography of Canada, and Warkentin’s A Regional Geography of Canada: Life, Land, Space the methods used to look at the province of British Columbia are different. Both authors take different standing on their views of regional geography as a whole, as well as the overall view of BC as a province. Both chapters identify the attributes of British Columbia, explain their opinions as to what they feel make up the identity of BC, and what makes it a homeland. Bone and Warkentin take different approaches to the explanation of the province and have different strengths and weaknesses in their approaches.
Throughout Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North the ideas of expectation and what it means to be a hero are examined through Flanagan’s blending of history and fiction from a modern perspective that I can gain insight into how society and others shape and define us. Through the novel the reader presented with two distinct and contrasting characters of Dorrigo Evans and Tenji Nakamura. While differing in actions and beliefs, both characters highlight the societal paradigm of their respective cultures and show how through others people within society come to fulfil their expectations, even if these expectations are something, which oppose our own personal values and expectations. It is through Flanagan’s construction of his text
Journal 7 Chapter 2 of White’s Maps of Narrative Practice reviews the topic of re-authoring the conversations. Re-authoring the narrative helps “people develop and tell stories about their lives, but they also help people to include some of the more neglected but potentially significant events…” (p. 61). Basically, re-authoring the narrative allows the third party to gain more information about the entire storyline including the client’s thought process (White, 2007). Throughout the chapter, White illustrates his conversations with a map to exhibit the difference between a narrative’s landscape of action versus his/her landscape of identity. The landscape of action are the actual even happening within a story line, while the landscape of identity of consciousness are factors such as understanding or knowledge that affect why the story is being told in that manner (White, 2007).
In the 1992, book A Spirited Resistance: The North American Indian Struggle for Unity, 1745-1815 Gregory Evans Dowd takes an academic approach to Eastern Native American history. Dowd follows the same study identity and cultural transformations by focusing on two Eastern Native ideologies known as nativist and accommodationists. Elaborating on the outlooks, he argues that the monograph does not tell “history from the Indian point of view” and does not focus on a “single Indian outlook.” Advancing his argument the author states that his monograph provides historians with the many perspectives surrounding the Native American history in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds. To support his claims Dowd uses several primary sources like the Springplace