Essay about Deviance : The Round House By Louise Erdrich

780 Words Apr 13th, 2016 4 Pages
What is Deviance? Deviance is often described as doing something that does not follow social norms. It can be positive or negative. In the book, “ The Round House” by Louise Erdrich, deviance is portrayed throughout the book in several negative ways. It is especially used against the main character 's mother named Geraldine when she is brutally raped by a white male. This act of violence brought out a main theme of this book which is gender inequality. In short, this novel shows the deviant act a white male commits and the reality of how difficult it is to be a indian woman in the 1980’s in North Dakota.
To begin with, Geraldine’s rape defines deviance to a great extent because her rights as a woman are violated. The act of violence happened on a Sunday afternoon when Geraldine was out by herself picking up a file from work. Joe, her son and her husband Basil were at home when they began to worry about how long Geraldine had been gone. After going out to look for her and seeing that she was already on her way home they drove back and returned the car they borrowed from Joe 's aunt clemence then peacefully walked back home. Suddenly, when they return home they find her in the car full of blood with vomit all over her. They rush her to the hospital where later Joe comes to find out she had been raped. Later on, Geraldine remembers more and Joe and his father find out the rape occurred at the roundhouse which is supposed to be a spiritual place on the reservation. It…

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