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Green Grass, Running Water

In Green Grass, Running Water, as the title implies, water is one of the most central motifs at play. Water is presented in the work as a symbol of new life and cycles returning to the beginning....

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 6:17 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

There are many allusions in part 1 of Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water. In the opening of part 1, we are introduced to Coyote, who is the narrator. In the mythology of Native American oral...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020 4:52 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

Green Grass, Running Water is a 1993 postmodern, fantasy-fiction novel written by Thomas King. One of the most interesting elements of the book is the fact that it is filled with numerous allusions...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2020 8:04 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

The fringed jacket is a gift that is given to Lionel on the occasion of his birthday by the Lone Ranger, Coyote, Bursum and Ishmael. It is clear that this fringed jacket represents Lionel's...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2012 7:08 am UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

In Green Grass, Running Water, Thomas King uses a circular narrative, which is different from the classic linear narrative that Western writers tend to use. He employs various storytelling...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2021 7:12 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

Generally, the exchanges between the escaped mental institution patients—Robinson Crusoe, Ishmael, the Lone Ranger, and Hawkeye—add a humorous touch to the first part of the story. These four...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2020 10:46 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

In Green Grass, Running Water, the dynamic between indigenous and non- indigenous contexts is evident in the mere title. King's title refers to the promise from the White American government that...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2014 5:32 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

The contrast between Western and First Nations storytelling methods is one of the most important and most recognizable features of Thomas King's novel Green Grass, Running Water. In fact, the...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2021 10:59 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

A close reading of Eli Stands Alone’s character will probably reveal a vacillating, intricate relationship between Indigenous communities, Europeans, and white, Western hegemony in general. At...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2020 2:19 pm UTC

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Eli Stands Alone has been preventing the dam project from going forward for ten years. Every day, he's visited by Sifton, a man who works for the developers who want to build the dam, who asks...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 10:06 pm UTC

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The names that King has chosen for his characters, particularly the traditional indigenous names, are very symbolic of the characters themselves and their position in life, especially in regard to...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2013 6:12 am UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

In Green Grass, Running Water, the stories of Lionel and Alberta are primarily told by a third-person narrator rather than the characters themselves. This narrator changes perspectives in different...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2021 4:37 am UTC

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Based on the ending, it’s pretty safe to say that Alberta Frank and Lionel Red Dog overcome their fragmented pasts and move on in life. In other words, by the conclusion of Green Grass, Running...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2021 5:11 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

Magical realism, first employed by Latin American writers Miguel Angel Asturias and Alejo Carpentier, creates a fusion of reality with magical or supernatural events often presented as myths,...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2010 6:45 am UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

Green Grass, Running Water is a genre-bending infusion of elements of comic social satire, Judeo-Christian allegory, Native American mythology and magic realism. King’s innovative narrative...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2020 6:27 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

It is vital to understand the way that this hilarious and satirical book draws upon a variety of different traditions and backgrounds that makes up Canada today. This of course is most clearly seen...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2012 9:59 am UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

Thomas King’s novel Green Grass, Running Water doesn’t feature formal chapters. While there are clear section breaks, there are not sections marked chapter 1, chapter 2, and so on. The absence of...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2021 9:27 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

I agree with #2 on this one. You need to think how the issue of point of view is explored through the use of narration, and in particular how the two conflicting views referred to are presented and...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2010 8:26 am UTC

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In Green Grass, Running Water, Thomas King hits hard at corruption through satire. Satire, King says in an interview included in the book, comes from distrust. It should make you laugh...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020 5:40 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

Thomas King shows education as important in several ways. One significant factor is the distinction between knowledge, which encompasses Native American traditions that include orally transmitted...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2020 8:21 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

Green Grass, Running Water seeks to show the ways in which Native American spirituality and white culture clash and how the white culture forces itself on the Native traditions. It also shows how...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020 5:31 pm UTC

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Green Grass, Running Water

I don’t think it’s as simple as saying that some characters in Thomas King’s novel “accept their culture” while other characters “deny it.” I’d advise readers to allow for some gray area. For...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2020 5:16 pm UTC

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Corruption is a theme that can be seen from multiple angles in Green Grass, Running Water. Corrupted myths play a large role in this story, from the American westerns that Lionel peddles at his job...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 3:14 am UTC

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