In There There, how does Blue not having grown up with her own mother contribute to her conflict with her own sense of identity?

Blue not having grown up with her own mother contributes greatly to her conflict with her own sense of identity. Brought up by a white family, she’s always felt disconnected to her Native American roots. This conflicted identity is only exacerbated by her experience in an abusive relationship with a Native man named Paul. However, when Blue meets her mother at the end of the novel, there seems to be a chance for her to start to resolve this conflict.

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Blue’s conflict about her own sense of identity is shaped to a considerable extent by not having known her birth mother. Blue was adopted at birth by a white family and so was never able to establish any kind of bond with her birth parents. All she knows about her background is what her adoptive mom told her: that she's Cheyenne and her birth mother's name is Jackie Red Feather.

As a consequence, Blue has always felt that she’s caught between two completely different worlds, White and Native American, without ever truly belonging to either. This conflicted sense of identity leads her to take a job at the...

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