Ceremony by Silko Essay

1755 Words Jan 20th, 2011 8 Pages
In Ceremony, Leslie Silko ties the concept of transitions into the book. Transitions are used to describe and show the change that Tayo is going through during the whole book, or his ceremony. They show Tayo’s progress in his ceremony and also show his change of thinking. Silko mentions transitions when she wrote, “[Tayo] had only seen and heard the world as it always was: no boundaries, only transitions through all distances and time” (229). This shows that Tayo’s world revolves around transitions. They can happen anywhere, at any time. Silko also mentions the concept of transitions in the book when Betonie tells Tayo that “it is a matter of transitions. You see; the changing, the becoming must be cared for closely” (120). This …show more content…
Tayo wasn’t cured by a single thing, but by many little things that made him better. Modern medicine cures people with single things. These include medicine, surgery, or rehab. Indian traditions helped Tayo get cured by helping him find himself and by making him realize why he is on this planet.
• Transition 4: The Spotted Cattle o Tayo first encounters the spotted cattle when he and Josiah purchase them from Ulibarri. These cattle are different than the Herefords because they are used to the desert and thus require less water in order to live. The cattle were similar to the Herefords because they were “stocky through the shoulder” and also “covered with meat, but tough too” (74). This is what Josiah wanted with the cattle. When Josiah dies and the cattle continue moving further south, Tayo becomes lost. Once Tayo becomes closer to his family, and gets further into his ceremony, it becomes very important to him to find the lost cattle. After taking Betonie’s advice of following the stars, Tayo finds the cattle on a white man’s land. Tayo finding the cattle represents his transition and struggle of finding himself. Tayo’s cattle were stolen, not lost. This fact brings Tayo closer to his Indian culture, because the Native American’s land was also stolen by the white men. This transition of Tayo finding the lost spotted cattle affects Tayo because it allows him to partially forget the past and focus on the present moment. It also brings him closer

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