Stone Mother Story Analysis

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Group 1, Question B The Stone Mother story functions as an etiological story because it explains the origin and purpose of something using myths, religion, and literary terms. An etiological story would never give a historical or scientific explanation for the origin of something, rather it would give a mythic reasoning. An etiological narrative allows writers to be more creative and use more imagination due to the freedom of inventiveness. A great example from the text that portrays an etiological view is when the author said, “The father passed on to the Great Milky Way”, he meant that the father had died but it was expressed in a more creative, mythical way. Another great example is towards the end of the story when it says, “The lake was…show more content…
The most obvious similarity is them both being an Origin story. Both stories explain the origin of a body of water. In the Water Babies at Coo yu e Lake story there is an explanation as to how Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River came to be and in the Stone Mother Story it also explains how Coo yu e Lake was created. Both stories have a conflict in them that results in the creation of a body of water; in the Stone Mother story the conflict was that the children could not get along well enough to live together causing the separation of the children and in the second story the conflict was that the young boy was in love with a mermaid who brought the danger of water to his tribe. Some of the difference portrayed in the stories is in the Water Babies story there was a mythical creature- the mermaid and in the Stone Mother tale there were no mythical creatures. Another difference is the Stone mother ended with a fatality and the Water babies’ story ended with the young boy being able to be with the mermaid that he…show more content…
The first form of satire that I noticed was when they talked about the price of the land they want to purchase it for- “We will purchase said Alcatraz Island for 24 dollars in glass beads and red cloth, a precedent set by the white man 's purchase of a similar island about 300 years ago. We know that $24 in trade goods for these sixteen acres is more than was paid when Manhattan Island was sold, but we know that land values have risen over the years.” The extremely small amount of money they agreed to pay was more than the money the “white man” gave them for their land; they were cheated out of their land in a way that was clearly injustice. Another form of satire that I found in the document was when the list of 9 things was named off as to how Alcatraz Island, which hosted a prison only, resembles an Indian Reservation. They make this a satire I believe to show people that Indian Reservations are so poorly maintained and are almost
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