An Analysis Of Monster By Joseph Boyden

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Residential school, a gruesome institution that includes rape, torture and abuse. Residential schools have been around since the 19th century. They were created to assimilate aboriginal children into Euro-Canadian culture, and to essentially strip them of their native culture. In both the poem, “Monster” by Dennis Saddleman and the novel, Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, the authors go in depth on the problems with residential schools. Saddleman explains how residential school obliterates native culture, while Boyden explains how the characters horrible experiences, ironically change them for the better. Saddlemans work is full of passion, while Boyden 's novel is more effective with the topic of residential school. Thus Saddleman’s work is …show more content…
The word “emotion” comes from the Latin emovere, which means “to move out” (Random Facts). Emotion creates mood in literature, and can interpret how authors convey their message. In the poem “Monster,” Saddleman’s work gives the idea of being emotionally charged. Every line expressing qualities of the previous line. In stanza 3, Saddleman begins to talk about residential school’s “huge watery mouth” (16). He is clearly saying that residential school is a monster. The next line involves Saddleman discussing residential school’s “yellow stained teeth” (17). It goes without saying that every line in this stanza has to do with this so-called monster and primarily its mouth. A stereotype that has been around for years is that British people have poor dental hygiene (Barlett). It is evident that the line discussing residential school’s “yellow stained teeth” is about this stereotype (17). Saddleman is expressing his hatred towards the nuns by mocking their teeth. All things considered, every line in this stanza reflects back on the last line, showing the strong emotional aspect to this poem. The sole purpose of this poem is to express his emotions through words. His emotions are deeply embedded in his work and that is because he has also been a part of the residential school system. It is undeniable! The use of first person narrative throughout the text and the hateful diction he uses says it all. He even explains how the “Slimy monster” (13), as in residential school follows him wherever he goes; “You’re in my dreams, in my memories, go away” (14), Saddleman asserts. His experiences flash back to him, as it has obviously scarred him for life, leaving him with burning hatred and fear towards this place. Undoubtedly Saddleman’s work is emotional and charged, whereas Boyden flashes back to the residential school experience in a more expository manner. In Three Day Road, Boyden has two narrators, Niska and Xavier.

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