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Why does Fleur get raped and robbed of her home and land?

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chimod19 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 3, 2007 at 11:18 AM via web

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Why does Fleur get raped and robbed of her home and land?

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jamie-wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 4, 2007 at 7:35 PM (Answer #1)

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The reason that Fleur gets raped is that she is a relatively powerless woman in the highly structured Chippewa's patriarchal society. In this culture, women are often viewed as both sexual objects and sexual property.

Fleur gets into trouble because she exudes an overt sexuality. According to historian Ruth Landis, "romantic sex was prized, seen as a 'hunt' and a game, by men especially" (65). Fleur's shameless playing of the game, however, does not always result in a romantic tryst, but in rape. Additionally, Fleur's unconventional sexuality does not win her friends in her tribe. Critic Shawn Vindmar notes that, "gender role confusion is important to note because it is her sexuality that keeps the town's tongues wagging."

Fleur losses her home and property because of a crooked deal concocted by Eli's brother, Nector.

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Landes, Ruth. Ojibway Religion and the Midewiwin. Madison: The U of Wisconsin P, 1968.

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toners | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 21, 2011 at 5:43 AM (Answer #2)

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It seems a little simple to state but Fluer loses her home due to colonisation. A consequence of Allotment policies meant that Native American land and often communities become divided.

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