Native Americans in the movie portrayed as the antagonist due to their motive to attack. Quotes such as a few laughing Indians fall over the hood shows the authors mocking. No one could foresee the negative impact that such depictions could bring about in society. This same article goes on to say that playing Indian is racist To put this idea in perspective, Steinfeldt states in his article about. The last stanza shows the.
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Dear John Wayne poem analysis. Home Poem Annotations. They break through the smoke screen for blood. The word, "meaningful" indicates that the moment between life and death reveals the most in one's life.
In this case, the truth revealed is the fact that the Native Americans' resistance is hopeless. Thus, everything is chaotic. This is used to express how warfare makes no sense. Since the settler's were the one who initiated the war, the speaker is ultimately blaming their actions and calling them senseless.
The fact that the voice is "still playing" indicates that it is still an ongoing issue. It also symbolizes the transition from life to moments before death as fall, the season after summer, is a road to winter, in this case symbolizing death.
As she watches the movie featuring Native Americans, she realizes just how suppressed Native Americans really are. The word, "us" excludes the other group in this case, the settlers and distances them as the enemy. Clouds block light, and light symbolizes hope and life. Thus, the settlers' materialism only has negative consequences, as it completely damages Native American culture. The use of the word, "skins" refers to the speaker being Native American.
The fact that she is "back" in her skin shows that durnig the movie, she could somewhat ignore reality. However, when the movie ends, she is once again self-conscious of her Native American heritage.
The use of the word also excludes others, which is most likely targeted towards the Americans who dominated her culture. This emphasizes the fact that the current generation of Native Americans have no hope of ever taking back what was taken from them or completely heal the cultural wounds that were inflicted on them.
This is further emphasized by the fact that the writer of the poem, Louise Erdrich, is Native American. This is used to express how the settlers seem to be lacking humanity as they ruthlessly destroy Native American homes and culture. Thus, the speaker uses the missile as a symbol and reflection of the settlers' destructive behavior towards the Native Americans. Within that dream, Native Americans are still resisting against the physically and culturally damaging actions of the settlers.
Thus, their eyes see what they are doing, but their heart does not. Body; In this case, the settlers have chosen body over mind, which is commonly viewed to be negative. In this way, the speaker puts the settlers in a negative light. In this case, they had to, due to the fact that there was a war between the two groups. In this way, the speaker expresses the fact that the injustices are treated as if they have been wiped clean and never happened in the first place.
Thus, it represents the Native Americans, because they were mostly peaceful until the settlers provoked them. Thus, it represents the courage of the Native Americans when they stood up to the settlers and resisted cultural and physical dominance.
Thus, the speaker expresses the fact that war has no sense. This indicates the severity of this reality and the speaker's true hopelessness despite her dreams of defiance. This emphasizes the predatory actions of the settlers, as the speaker, by using these words, shows that she thinks the settlers unfairly attacked the Native Americans. This expresses their materialism, which is traditionally a bad trait, thus emphasizing how terrible they are in the speaker's eyes.
The fact that they want the land before they need it indicates the settlers' escalating selfishness and the severity of their desires. This shows that the speaker lacks hope, as she is reluctant to accept her dream of Native American resistance against American dominance.
The dream, in this case, is Native American resistance against American dominance. Powered by Create your own unique website with customizable templates. Get Started.
Dear John Wayne: Louise Erdrich
Dear John Wayne poem analysis. Home Poem Annotations. They break through the smoke screen for blood. The word, "meaningful" indicates that the moment between life and death reveals the most in one's life. In this case, the truth revealed is the fact that the Native Americans' resistance is hopeless. Thus, everything is chaotic.
March 27, by morganaml The narrator informs the reader that they are watching a John Wayne western film at a drive-in movie theater. The first stanza in the first and second line illustrates that the narrator is at a drive-in movie. We lounge on the hood of the Pontiac.
Dear John Wayne. We lounge on the hood of the Pontiac surrounded by the slow-burning spirals they sell at the window, to vanquish the hordes of mosquitoes. They break through the smoke screen for blood. Always the lookout spots the Indian first, spread north to south, barring progress. The Sioux or some other Plains bunch in spectacular columns, ICBM missiles, 10 feathers bristling in the meaningful sunset. The drum breaks.