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In Leslie Marmon Silko's novel Ceremony, the writer uses symbolism through color to great effect. In particular, the colors of the sky are used to establish the feeling and meaning of scenes....

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In, Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko, the lie that is a persistent current throughout the novel is the institutional and internalized white supremacy that has dominated the lives of the Native...

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In Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony, the hazel eye color is actually pretty significant. One of the major themes in the story is the Native American struggle to maintain their culture from the...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016, 1:42 pm (UTC)

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Betonie the medicine-man is a very important character in Ceremony. He tries to cure Tayo of his physical and cultural malaise by inducting him into a special ceremony. The physical illness from...

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The character of Betonie in Leslie Marmon Silk’s Ceremony is a healer who represents the intersections of identity that characterize the experiences of many Native American people. His role in the...

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Setting is quite important in "Ceremony," and it influences a number of things. In a broad sense, it influences Tayo's entire character—even his identity. He is who he is because he's...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2008, 3:09 am (UTC)

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In Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, Betonie makes some important points about the relationship between Native Americans and white people, and he narrates a legend about the origins of white people....

Latest answer posted October 28, 2021, 3:31 pm (UTC)

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The literal answer is that Tayo and Rocky (cousins who were raised as brothers, although Rocky was always treated better) fought during WWII in Japan. At one point, Tayo refuses to kill a Japanese...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010, 1:29 am (UTC)

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In plot terms, the phrase exposition is used to refer to the initial presentation of the main characters of a text and the conflict that is the focus of the text. In this excellent novel, the...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012, 1:35 pm (UTC)

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Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko is a philosophical look into the nature of war and the importance of cultural traditions. The book's intended audience is anyone who wants to learn about Native...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018, 6:31 am (UTC)

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Tayo is edging toward healing. We know this in part because his healing is foreshadowed by the story he instinctively tells during the rain. The story, told while trying to hold on to the blanket...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2016, 10:31 pm (UTC)

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As you get started on this essay about how Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony builds tension through settling, characterization, and language and conveys meaning through that tension, you must first...

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Every work of fiction contains a number of different symbols, however in this text, one of the major symbols that relates so closely to its theme of the lack of comprehension shown by the whites of...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2012, 7:42 am (UTC)

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Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony is a blend of modern stories and traditional stories, and the section of the book in question contains both of them, especially the story of Helen Jean and the story...

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Leslie Marmon Silko's novel Ceremony is nonlinear in its use of time, and this is evidenced by the continual flashbacks and forwards that the story makes. Further, the narrative is not all prose,...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2010, 8:50 am (UTC)

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Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony is a book which provides a variety of angles by which one could do additional research. Your question isn’t completely clear, but I will give you a few options in...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016, 2:25 pm (UTC)

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This novel is about the culture clash between Native Americans and Americans. In the Native American worldview, magic, mysticism and the supernatural are part of their religion and their lives....

Latest answer posted September 14, 2010, 11:35 pm (UTC)

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Tayo’s mom is Native American and his dad is white, two ethnicities which seem to conflict with one another. After Tayo returned from World War Two, army doctors diagnosed him with “battle...

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Leslie Marmon Silko writes in a postmodernist style of fragmented, or fractured, time in Ceremony because this is the best way to show (1) Tayo's own personal fragmentation, (2) Tayo's...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2010, 12:19 am (UTC)

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Leslie Marmon Silko’s use of poetry in the opening pages of her novel Ceremony serves to accentuate the genre boundaries in Western literature and to prompt the reader to examine the falsity of...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2020, 8:57 pm (UTC)

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On page 260 (of my edition), right before the end of the book, Grandma says, "It seems like I already heard these stories before…only thing is, the names sound different."That line sums...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2008, 8:49 am (UTC)

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Emo grows increasingly disturbed by his experiences of war. He's becoming a danger to himself and to those around him. His life consists of little more than sitting around getting drunk and...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018, 2:47 pm (UTC)

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Josiah's mixed-breed cattle are white with brown speckles. They form an obvious symbol of racial mixture and change. Tayo himself is the product of just such a mixture, being born to a white man...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2018, 5:26 pm (UTC)

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Trying to link Dewey's analysis of art and experience to any work will take much more than the space allotted here. This should be stated on the outset. If we are looking for broad strokes, I...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2010, 12:48 am (UTC)

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