Grief is a complex and multifaceted emotion that is an inherent part of the human experience. It manifests in various forms, ranging from the death of a loved one to the loss of a way of life, and it impacts individuals differently. In Richard Wagamese's novel Indian Horse and James Joyce's short story Eveline, grief plays a significant role in shaping the lives of the main characters. Through their narratives, these works explore the nature and role of grief as a transformative force, influencing the characters' actions, decisions, and perceptions of the world around them.
In Indian Horse, the protagonist, Saul Indian Horse, experiences profound grief throughout his life. As a young Ojibwe boy, he witnesses the traumatic loss of his family and community due to the ravages of colonization and the residential school system in Canada. This loss generates a deep sense of grief that impacts Saul's identity, spirituality, and mental well-being. He grapples with the painful memories and struggles to come to terms with the trauma of his past, leading to self-destructive behaviors as a coping mechanism. Saul's grief is palpable and pervasive, permeating every aspect of his life, as he tries to make sense of his identity …show more content…
It affects their perceptions, attitudes, and interactions with others. In Indian Horse, Saul's grief causes him to view the world with a sense of detachment and mistrust, as he struggles to reconcile his traumatic past with the present reality. He becomes guarded and skeptical, constantly questioning the motives of those around him. In Eveline, her grief and sense of duty towards her family bind her to her current circumstances, making her view the prospect of change with trepidation and fear. She is torn between her desire for freedom and her loyalty to her family, which shapes her perception of the world and her decision-making
Indian Horse In the book Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, Saul gains relationships through community. The Kellys provide Saul a place to call his home and they create a bond beyond just the billet family. Secondly, The land around Saul gives him a sense of family, the land is full of life to encourage Saul to not give up and he's not alone. Lastly, hockey offers Saul love and a feeling of worthiness that he is lacking while being at St. Jerome's Indian Residential School.
Analyzing the Roots of Saul Indian Horse's Abuse through Routine Activity Theory. What are the perfect conditions to commit a crime? This complex question demands a comprehensive analysis, taking into account the perspectives of both the perpetrator and the victim. In Richard Wagamese's 2012 novel "Indian Horse", the protagonist Saul Indian Horse endures devastating abuse at St. Jerome's Residential School. Father Leboutilier preys on Saul's vulnerability, manipulating it to commit atrocious offences against him.
The indigenous condition in Canada was a malleable asset in most of its history in the eyes of upper-class Canadians, stripping away from their past and their culture, to later incorporate into mainstream Canadiana, through violent and destructive means. For protagonist Saul Indian Horse, it’s no different. From cover to cover, he faces the power of white supremacy breaking him down, with his passion for hockey providing resilience in the bigotry. Despite that, his relationship with the sport recedes with age, following in tandem with the depths of his negative emotions, soon separating himself from hockey. Indian Horse's account of experiences on and off the rink emphasizes the motif of hockey, his relations regarding it ebbing and flowing,
ilience Richard Wagamese's "Indian Horse," is a story about Saul Indian Horse, a residential school student. Throughout most of the novel, he goes by the name Saul. The book revolves around Saul's life journey and the profound impact that his Indigenous heritage and experiences, thereof have had on him. “I was sore inside” (Wagamese 48) After being forcibly taken from his family, “ The tearing away of the bush and my people was like ripped flesh in my belly.” (Wagamese48), Saul endures the harsh and abusive environment of St. Jerome's Indian Residential School.
Characters are the backbone of a story that portray various themes which the novel Indian Horse sheds light on. The author, Richard Wagamese, communicates important ideas about family and tradition, and abuse and trauma through the stories of Naomi, Sister Ignacia, Virgil, and Father Gaston LeBoutillier. Fred Kelly and Naomi embody the themes of family and tradition to the protagonist, Saul Indian Horse, assisting him in navigating his identity as an Indigenous person in a world that attempts to obliterate his culture. Naomi is chosen to represent the theme of family and tradition since grandmothers are the ones who instill family and traditional values in their grandchildren in Ojibway culture. She has a strong sense of pride and devotion
The Importance of Resilience: It Encourages Healing, Defiance, and Builds Strong Character Everyone has their way of coping with trauma. In Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, Saul plays hockey to cope with his traumatic experiences. Furthermore, in the book, strangers take a young Ojibway boy from the arms of his deceased grandmother and force him into St. Jerome's Indian Residential School in White River. At the school, Saul is subject to physical and emotional abuse.
First, in the novel Indian Horse, the main character, Saul, forms relationships with his community allowing guidance and support after his time at a residential school called St. Jerome. Saul discovers people who treat him well while directing him through the challenge of dealing with the remaining trauma experienced at St. Jerome. Saul is introduced to a family who refers to them as the Kelly family; they consider him part of their community. Saul makes use of their relationship to cope with the struggles of enduring trauma and develop as a person. Fred Kelly states “We all wanted to go out and find you, but we know we couldn’t.
When people are traumatized by an event they are pushed to experience the five stages of grief. The “Gospel”, by Philip Levine and “the boy detective loses love”, by Sam Sax both use characters that are going through one of the stages of grief. Levine and Sax both explain the thoughts and process of what a person thinks when they go through these stages with imagery. Levine uses symbolism, a sad tone, and a set setting in “Gospel” to illustrate that grieving takes you into a depth of thoughts. Sax uses anaphoras, an aggressive tone, and an ambiguous setting to convey that grieving takes you into a tunnel of anger and rage.
The novel “Indian Horse” by Richard Wagamese examines the idea of redemption and how Saul Indian Horse, the main protagonist, has experienced it on many different levels. The novel shows the theme of redemption by showing Saul's journey of healing, cultural reclamation, and personal growth, and with his redemptive pursuit of hockey. While exploring these interconnected paths, wagemese shows us the transformative power of redemption, showcasing its ability to overcome adversity, challenge stereotypes, and ignite a profound sense of purpose and identity. demonstrating how the ability to be forgiven enables people to face their history, come to terms with their present, and create a path to self-improvement, self-respect, and resilience. This
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.
Author Richard Wagamese conveys a message in his novel Indian Horse displaying the idea of sacrifice. Specifically how people must sacrifice belonging for survival. Wagamese uses Saul 's experiences, choices and general story to express this message. Throughout Saul’s life he is forced to make sacrifices for himself and the people around him in order to survive, his isolation is what gets him through. Everyday people see the reproductions of community and how surviving isn 't an easy thing.
Indian Horse reveals how moral injury can stem from trauma such as bullying, witness of abuse, and grief. From the moment Saul was introduced to hockey, he was enamored. Every aspect of his life became hockey; he woke early every morning to clear the rink and practice, then stayed up late
Nathaniel Pauls Mr. Galea ENG2D1 May 29, 2023 From Runway to Reality The Crushing Impact of Hockey on Saul in Indian Horse Hockey has played a significant impact on the lives of Canadians, becoming an essential part of The nation's culture and identity. In Richard Wagamese's novel, Indian Horse hockey plays a vital part in the protagonist of Saul's life. In the novel, Indian horse the author portrays hockey as an escape for Saul when in reality it is the cause of his downfall and Saul losing himself.
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.
People encounter many obstacles in their lifetimes, obstacles that are too arduous to overcome by themselves. They must find a way to get through these difficulties, and there is always something, or someone, that helps keep them sane through these hard hours. To Saul Indian Horse, the main character of Richard Wagamese’s novel Indian Horse, that obstacle is St. Jerome’s Residential School and the very element that kept him sane was hockey. In the residential school, Saul is abused both mentally and physically, witnessing the continued deaths of his Indian classmates. Fortunately, Saul was able to keep himself sane through hockey.