The Man to Send Rainclouds by Leslie Marmon Silko

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How does Silko use setting, characters, or plot to portray the theme of continuity and change in her story?

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So you have a choice of the three to explore how continuity and change come about in the story. Thematically, continuity and change are seen as coexisting, though that might seem paradoxical. To see this theme, you need to look into the elements of the text that are juxtaposed to one another.

For instance, look at the plot point of the conflict between traditional native burial practices and Roman Catholic funeral rites. The native burial is shown to be very specific, involving things like facial paint when Teofilo is found:

Across the brown wrinkled forehead he drew a streak of white and along the high cheekbones he drew a strip of blue paint. . .

The burial also includes the spreading of things to carry him into the afterlife like cornmeal. This action shows the idea of continuity in the story, a continuing of traditional practices and spirituality despite the prevalence of Roman Catholicism in the area and among the Native Americans. The change is in the integration of Roman...

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