The Round House By Louise Erdrich Essay

1344 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Justice and revenge are often seen as very separate ideas. Justice being the concept that things are right and fair. Revenge spins the other way, following the eye-for-an-eye thought process. Both justice and revenge are overbearing themes in countless works however it is less often that we see these themes coexist and propel one another. In The Round House thirteen year old Joe attempts to find the man who raped and tried to murder his mother. While seeking both justice for the wrong doing and revenge for the pain caused, Joe finds aid in religion, family, and his friends. Author Louise Erdrich carefully addresses each of these topics with beautiful imagery, tales from Native American culture, and supberub character development. By the end of the novel it becomes clear that justice and revenge are not isolated emotions but often times one can drive the other to a finish. However, from my eyes it is not Joe that represents justice and revenge best but the women in his life instead.
When first selecting this book from the list, I expected it to be from a female’s perspective, as this is a female literature course. I was surprised to find that this book is not only driven from a male’s point of view, but a teenage male’s point of view. A good chunk of the novel surrounds Joe and his friends as they try to solve the mystery around who committed the heinous crime against Joe’s mother, Geraldine. When they aren’t sniffing around like the Hardy Boys, Joe is on is own and is…

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