Similarities In God And The Indian By Drew Hayden Taylor

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Within the play God and the Indian by Drew Hayden Taylor, the characters of Johnny and George are more about contrast than similarity. Throughout the play we see the main character George undergoes many changes as he tries to protect himself and his reputation from being blamed for the abuses that have happened in the “St. David’s”(28) Residential school. Through the whole story he argues with the second character Johnny who is an “Indian” woman comes to his office and cliams that he have sxually abused her while she have attended Residential school. However, George keeps on denying all of the charges by claiming that “I am not who you think that I am” (25). While George is stubborn and doesn’t try to accept the fact the he have committed …show more content…
She seems to be very sick and she have gone through alot in her life. As Johnny claims that she “started calling [her]self by a man’s name” (53) because she lost the very basic of being a woman; what good is to hold a woman's name while she couldn’t give birth to a child anymore. That’s why she chooses to change her name to a man’s name after the child welfare took her daughter away from her and he husband left her as well. She is very nice person in the beginning of the story and tries to keep herself calm and as she claims she only came for “acknowledgment” (42) and “to be acknowledged” (42) for who she is. However in the end she takes out a gun after George tries to leave the room but does not have the courage to shot George; Johnny is very honest as she admits that she is homeless and begs people for food to stay alive, however, Johnny accepts it that by killing George “it wouldn’t solve anything” (80). She seems to have a very good memory as she recollect all the abuses, poverty and starvation that she had went through the Residential school and after. She seems to be hurt as she have been left by her husband and the child welfare took her daughter away from her because they thought she couldn't raise her …show more content…
While George committed all these crimes, he is a very respected person in the community and has a happy family whom he lives with. While on the other hand, Johnny, who is the victim of all these abuses is a homeless woman now; people blame her for being lazy and beg for survival instead of finding a job. Her family is destroyed; her husband left her while she was pregnant and the child welfare took her daughter away from her. As Johnny regrets while looking at the George’s family picture that “I don’t even have a picture of her ... not like this one” (53). This shows how misery her life is; hopeless as she missed her family. The other difference is their success in life. Through the play the audience clearly can see that George have made a lot of success from being a teacher in Residential school and now is “celebrat[ing his] promotion to assistant bishop”(35) while Johnny “lives on the streets, eat garbage, beg to survive, have nightmares” (44). Which gives out third reason “nightmares” (44). I its very ironic that George explain that he have a good life and “sleep well at night”(26) while he have commited all those crime and abuses, but on the other hand Johnny the innocent women whos is the victim goes through hardship in her life and “have nightmares” (44) while

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