Analysis Of Two Old Women : An Alaska Legend Of Betrayal, And Survival By Velma Wallis

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The story of Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage, and Survival by Velma Wallis is an amazing story that instill valuable lessons that still relate to today 's society. The novel is about a bedtime story a mother is telling her children about a Alaska. tribe who with harsh weather and food conditions decide to leave the older members of their group behind for the better good of the group. The most important themes that occur within this story is, gender roles, youth thinking, abd graitatuite. I strongly believe that Wallis does a great job at taking the reader through several lessons the story holds. Such lessons include that there is great value in everyone no matter their societal standing. This story is still relevant in the world we live in today and should be continued to be read by the community.
The story starts off with a winter scene in the Arctic region of Alaska. The group described as a close community, whose survival ultimately depends on hunting and gathering. Experiencing a harsh winter and decline on food supply, the chief makes a decision that the only way for the entire group to survive, the elders must be left behind. Surprisingly no one is opposed to this notion, even the daughter and grandson of one the women sa. Ironically the tradition of this group is to care for the women and supply them with food, physical needs, and to respect them; yet it was so easily to abandon them. The two old women, sa and swagghbjh, felt betrayed however…

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