Thomas King creates a story of a little community to reflect a whole Native nation. In other words, the community in Medicine River represents all Native nations. Prove this statement is true by using an example from the novel.    

One example that might prove that the community in Medicine River reflects all Native nations could be Harlen. Harlen’s welcoming, inclusive nature would make the community a possible home for any member of any tribe.

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You could argue that the community that Thomas King creates represents all Native nations because it deals with a broad range of issues that specifically connect to Indigenous people and their general history of displacement and violence. If you adopt this line of thought, your argument is a somewhat universal...

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You could argue that the community that Thomas King creates represents all Native nations because it deals with a broad range of issues that specifically connect to Indigenous people and their general history of displacement and violence. If you adopt this line of thought, your argument is a somewhat universal one. You’re making the case that the stories and struggles of the characters who populate Medicine River and the Friendship Centre have an extensive appeal that could hypothetically apply to any member of any Native nation.

Examples of the issues that might have a historical resonance with Native nations and Indigenous people include alcohol abuse, domestic violence, gambling, and displacement. While these tough issues are not exclusive to Indigenous people, they do, for a variety of complex reasons, appear to impact Indigenous people at higher levels.

You could argue that King addresses the greater issue of domestic abuse through the marriage of Jack and January Pretty Weasel. You could claim that King demonstrates Indigenous people’s relationship to gambling with the bone game. You might argue that King brings up alcohol abuse with Harlen and displacement with Will. Remember, Will moves back to Alberta from Toronto.

If you’re trying to find one single example of how King’s story reflects all Native nations, you might zero in on Harlen. You could argue that Harlen’s warm, friendly, inclusive nature makes the community a hypothetical home for any member of any tribe.

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