Essay on Analysis Of James Welch 's Winter Of The Blood

754 Words Mar 30th, 2015 4 Pages
In James Welch’s Winter in the Blood we follow an unnamed protagonist and his return to a reservation in Montana that had been taken over by white colonizers putting a strain on his own self-identity. The experiences that the protagonist is faced with throughout the novel take a toll on the relationships around him, especially with women. Early in the novel we find out that our protagonist has a feeling of displacement, which is an emotion coming from within him. This essay will examine the influence women had on the protagonist throughout the novel and the significance they had on his relationships. The dysfunctional relationship between the protagonist and women is experienced at the very beginning of the book where the audience is introduced to the protagonist’s fiancé, mother, and grandmother all of which he has said to have no particular feelings toward in result of his own to distance to himself. Immediately we recognize the protagonist’s sadness, a result of his own experiences combined with the loss of his father and brother, which potentially impacts his mental ability when it comes to future relationships. While attempting to make peace with himself and find his own sense of heritage, he encounters many women he meets at the bars helping readers understand the sense of power that women had in their culture and on his own life. Traditionally, in Native culture women held strong positions of power when it came to the household. There was a prominent balance…

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