Essay on Making Sense in God's Country
Percival Everett‘s novel God’s Country, positions race in the forefront of the narrative in a most satirical and subversive way. Typically, the western poses a bad guy against a good guy, with the bad guy dressed in black, and the good guy wearing white. Everett juxtaposes black and white in an altogether different way, revising the pattern of the western through its portrayal of character.
Making sense in God’s country, need to be dealt through different protagonist’s point of view. For instance, what makes sense for Marder doesn’t necessarily make sense for Bubba or the Injuns. And conversely, what makes sense for the heathens doesn’t make sense for the Yuk Yuks.
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If something goes wrong, Marder generally blames Bubba. For example, he blames Bubba for him and his horse getting buried up to their necks by the Yuk-Yuk Brothers: “But Bubba, that conniving darkie, now he was to blame. Why was it he who rode off across that river instead of me? Why did I have to scour the territory in which was hiding the stinky siblings?” (113). More preferably, Marder find arguments to defend the real guilty the Yuks Yuks and says: “don’t make no sense to hold no grudge against somebody dangerous. (113)
When Marder undertakes his journey, it is not so much to save Sadie, his wife, but to concord with the myth of the Wild West: “I had read what I could of the dime novels about the frontier, thinking it my duty as a citizen of it to make sure the truth be told, and generally the little books gave a fair account, but always failed to mention the smell” (10). “But I was bound to do it. That was the code, our code, the code of the frontier” (27). Marder, as an emblem of the cowboys, is here to justify the image and the representation of the period. In fact, Marder’s obsession with…