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    From beginning as a waitress, to a lifeguard, to a poetry teacher for prisoners, and then to being named one of the Most Beautiful People, author Louise Erdrich has become an inspiring American novelist for Native Americans all over the country (Fun Facts About Louise). Louise Erdrich’s novels feature Native American characters and settings. Highly encouraged by her parents, she begins writing poems, but later will have made novels, that like Tracks, that truly do make her an American author. Louise was born in Little Falls, Minnesota on July 6th, 1954. She was the eldest of seven children and all grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota. This was where her parents taught at the Bureau of Indian Affairs School. Her mother Rita Joanne, Native American, and her…

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    "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich, is a short story that depicts the relationship between two Native American brothers Lyman and Henry Junior. The story revolves around a red Oldsmobile convertible that they both purchased after Lyman received a large insurance check. It then continues to focus on the events of their lives up until the point where Lyman loses his brother. Erdrich uses first person narration for Lyman in the passage. I think it is very important to the reader because he is…

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    In the short story, The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich, we are introduced to two brothers by the name of Lyman and Henry. The story takes place in North Dakota on an Indian Reservation where the two brothers and their family both live. Throughout the story we are introduced to two main symbols such as The red convertible car and the red river which impacts the two brothers journey. The Journey in which the both brothers part take in, brings us through their quest or also known as their…

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    The Impact of the Wiindigoo in The Round House Louise Erdrich was born in 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota, and identifies as Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Due to Erdrich’s Native American background, she has written many novels centered around Native American themes. Erdrich’s novel, The Round House, is told from Joe, a thirteen-year-old boy’s, point of view, showing how he copes with the event of his mother’s rape. Joe is outraged that the authorities are not doing more to help find the man…

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    The structure of a novel can greatly impact the outcome of it. It can help the plotline move along. Using different methods, the author can shape the structure to help the reader understand important aspects. The novels Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich and The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien showcase some of these techniques. They make the stories more interesting and complex through the structures they use in the course of the novel. Both authors use similar techniques, the they chose these…

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    Poverty In Culture Essay

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    the state of being extremely poor or the state of being inferior in quality or insufficient in amount. Poverty affects every culture, but each culture has a different take on how one is to live and act when they are in poverty. It also affects each individual who is suffering from poverty in a different way. The issue of poverty can be found in many works of literature, mostly by “writers who have suffered poverty in their youth and have written movingly about their situations”. (Morrow) Gabriel…

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    way” (Erdrich 46). This quote from Albertine appears to be about her mother, and is relatable to most people. Discussions such as this about characters’ families open a door between the author and the reader because they are relating. This bonding makes the reader more open to what the author is saying, and more willing to work to understand the story being told. Without the use of family issues as a theme, the reader and author would not have that bond and the reader would be less willing to…

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    Love Medicine Symbolism

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    Water Imagery and Symbolism in Love Medicine Louise Erdrich’s novel Love Medicine conveys the state of Native American life in today’s society. Her symbolism stands out to me above all else in the book. While Erdrich uses many symbols and motifs, the most poignant is her water and river imagery and the symbolism behind it. She uses water to symbolize many concepts in the novel, most prominently time and religion. The passage of time being likened to the movement of a river is not an…

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    In every story you read or hear about have these elements; the setting, plot, literal devices and its theme throughout stories to make a story come into depth to the audience. These elements allow the audience to connect in a real-life situations which generate the potential in the short stories. Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine” is a fantastic piece that represents a story analysis work in the culture of writing. Erdrich short stories are based on encouraging women to remain strong with their…

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    Baited and Lured Aristophanes said, “Hunger knows no friend but its feeder” (BrainyQuote). In “Saint Marie (1934): Marie Lazarre,” from the novel Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, begins with Marie Lazarre following the Nuns up the hill to the Sacred Heart Convent where she will become a protégé, not for the intentions of salvation, but to prevent Sister Leopolda from getting into heaven. In this story brimmed with layers of irony, Erdrich uses fishing and baiting imagery to demonstrate the…

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