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"Love medicine" refers to a specific practice that is part of the indigenous belief system represented in the novel. "Medicine" is not necessarily related to substances taken for health (like...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2018, 1:47 pm (UTC)

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In storytelling, the symbolism of the color red is complex and pervasive. Ancient myths, songs and fairy tales utilize the color red frequently. It denotes blood, fire, passion, sexuality, love,...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2016, 6:09 pm (UTC)

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Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich is an interesting novel because each chapter focuses on some crisis, and chapter eleven is no exception. Gordie Kashpaw is wrestling with his conscience (and with...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2013, 5:51 am (UTC)

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As with any piece of art, the intent of the creator can change when the art interacts with people who bring their own life experiences to it—interacting uniquely with that piece of art. This is my...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2012, 4:23 pm (UTC)

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Thank you for clarifying the chapter, as the chapter numbers for Love Medicine changed after Louise Erdrich revised her novel. The climax of the novel has to be the moment when Nector Kashpaw dies....

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013, 7:36 pm (UTC)

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One of the lessons in Love Medicine is the power of tradition and the interconnectedness of the different Native American families in the book. In the chapter entitled "Love Medicine (1982),"...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2016, 12:11 am (UTC)

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In Louise Erdrich's novel, Love Medicine, Sister Leopolda and Marie have an unhealthy relationship: Sister Leopolda sees Marie as a soul the Devil craves, and she is physically and emotionally...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2010, 2:06 pm (UTC)

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In Louise Erdrich's novel Love Medicine, there are many characters introduced to the reader. Lulu Nanapush makes her first appearance in Chapter Four. Lulu has come to live with her uncle,...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2010, 1:20 pm (UTC)

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In Chapter Four of Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine, Lulu has gone to live with her uncle, Nanapush, and his wife Margaret Kapshaw, called Rushes Bear, having left the government school at last. Lulu...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2010, 10:56 am (UTC)

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In Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine, Marie Lazarre Kashpaw and Lulu Nanapush Lamartine have numerous similarities, although their lives play out very differently and they end up in different places....

Latest answer posted May 24, 2019, 4:32 am (UTC)

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Nector was the youngest son of Rushes Bear and Kashpaw. He was recognized as being quite smart by his parents and was sent to boarding school where he studied alongside white students. Nector was...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2020, 4:26 pm (UTC)

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Since Lipsha Morrissey narrates chapter thirteen of Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine and undergoes a kind of moral and physical change, he can properly be called the protagonist of this chapter....

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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There are several kinds of figurative language in chapter thirteen of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, and the most obvious example in this chapter is metaphor. One of the pervasive metaphors in...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013, 2:47 am (UTC)

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Lyman Lamartine is from Louise Erdrich's novel, Love Medicine, in the chapter entitled, "The Red Convertible." The story is about Lyman and his brother Henry. The brothers share a close...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2010, 11:48 am (UTC)

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Lulu Lamartine is a good person in the sense that she lives with integrity and love. However, being led primarily by love also results in problems for her and leads her to clash with some other...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019, 9:50 pm (UTC)

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Chapter thirteen of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich is told from the point of view of Lipsha Morrissey; he was adopted by the Kashpaws, whom he calls grandma and grandpa and whom he loves. We learn...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013, 2:05 am (UTC)

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Louise Erdrich’s debut novel, Love Medicine, tells the story of five Native American families living on reservations in North Dakota and Minnesota. Each chapter switches point of view, and...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2020, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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The question of magic or the mystical in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine is distinguished between what is real magic and what is perceived as magic. In the chapter entitled "Saint Marie," Marie...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2012, 4:49 am (UTC)

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Louise Erdrich does, in fact, interject humor within her novel Love Medicine, even when there is death and loss all around. One passage where we see this is in Lulu's story, in "The Good Tears."...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012, 10:52 am (UTC)

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In the novel, Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich, the depiction of familial relationships seem to mirror everything about the lives of the two families in the story, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines....

Latest answer posted August 5, 2011, 3:51 pm (UTC)

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[eNotes editors are not permitted to answer more than one question per posting. If you have additional questions, please list them separately.] The images Louise Erdrich provides in her poem, "Love...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2010, 2:43 pm (UTC)

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In my mind, I think that a dominant theme in both works is the idea of exploring how the individual experience is one that needs to be revered in all of its different forms. Hughes' poem is quite...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2010, 10:15 pm (UTC)

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Chapter eleven of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich centers on Gordie Kashpaw. Despite the fact that June and Gordie's marriage was less than perfect, Gordie is struggling because of his own feelings...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2013, 4:38 am (UTC)

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I do not believe that there is a main character in Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine. Each chapter is about a different character. The stories and characters overlap, but this is not a novel as much...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2011, 6:31 am (UTC)

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I think there is evidence to support that Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine is more triumphant than tragic, though the novel is filled with its share of tragedy. Families are torn apart; husbands and...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012, 8:30 am (UTC)

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I think that Erdich's novel fits into a postmodern designation in a couple of ways. The first is through her style. Erdich does not write with a singular voice or a single narrative guiding the...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2011, 5:21 pm (UTC)

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Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich tells the stories of two Native American Chippewa families, the Kashpaws and the Lamartines. The stories flow in the telling of the husbands and wives, the lovers,...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2011, 12:35 pm (UTC)

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Images support themes. Louise Erdich's "Love Medicine," and Langston Hughes' "Theme for English B," have similar themes, but the imagery is specific to each poem. The theme that strikes me most...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2010, 10:11 am (UTC)

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The actual cause of the riot in "The Tomahawk Factory" is the rising up of long-cherished resentments and wounds between the narrator's mother and Marie Kashpaw. It is when Lipsha brings down the...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2012, 7:07 am (UTC)

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Rising action in terms of plot is everything which happens between the inciting action and the climax/crisis/turning point. In chapter thirteen of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich, the inciting...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013, 8:13 pm (UTC)

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The resolution of chapter thirteen of Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich is probably everything that happens after the funeral and Nector Kashpaw's "reappearance" at his wife's bedside and after...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013, 7:03 pm (UTC)

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There are really only three characters in chapter thirteen of Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine: Nector Kashpaw, Marie Kashpaw, and Lipsha Morrissey. The only apparent dynamic character is Lipsha, the...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013, 3:43 am (UTC)

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The character of Zelda in this excellent novel is not one that features too prominently in the action. It is important to remember how she is related to the other characters. She is the sister of...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2012, 1:09 am (UTC)

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Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine, offers a diverse group of stories and characters. It is, perhaps, what makes her novel so worth reading: it describes the complexity of the human condition,...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2010, 12:38 am (UTC)

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Love Medicine is a novel written by North American Indian writer Louise Erdrich while "Theme for English B" is a poem written by African American poet Langston Hughes. Love Medicine tells the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2011, 3:57 am (UTC)

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One of the themes of the novel is the idea that the old ways are nearly forgotten and need to be remembered and brought back. But it is belief in these old ways that still gives them power and...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2011, 12:32 pm (UTC)

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The novel's description of Moses paints him as a ghostlike man and a hermit. This doesn't necessarily suggest "like a dead man" because being ghostlike is a metaphorical image that is actually a...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2013, 10:48 pm (UTC)

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This novel by Louise Erdrich is a saga of two Native American families and several decades in their lives, mostly narrated by various family members, each of whom gives voice to a separate chapter...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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Laura's infirmity cripples Tom, stuck with the double responsibility of being the family breadwinner and 'supplying' (from the warehouse!) a suitable mate for his handicapped sister. Plus he has to...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2008, 11:35 pm (UTC)

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In Louise Erdrich's novel, Love Medicine, the chapter entitled, "Resurrection" could have several meanings. Early in the chapter, when Gordie (Marie's son) appears in the yard, he has only recently...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2011, 1:18 pm (UTC)

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It seems like Nector does a lot of apologizing in this story. But as far as political situations go, Nector is chairman of the tribal council, and signed the order that decreed Henry Lamartine a...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2007, 8:22 am (UTC)

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Actually, they never really did.... One common vein in this anthology is the leit motif of disillusionment, which, etymologically speaking, means "the state or condition of not not-seeing." A...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2009, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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Myth plays an important role throughout Love Medicine, as author Louise Erdrich draws on a rich body of Native American mythology in developing the twentieth-century characters that populate the...

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Chapter eleven of Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine is mostly told from the point of view of Gordie Kashpaw; unfortunately, he is not a reliable narrator because he has two factors working on his...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2013, 5:06 am (UTC)

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Five additional short stories were added to Love Medicine in 1993. If you have a book published after that date, you will have the additional five stories ("Resurrection," "The Good Tears," "The...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2010, 1:52 am (UTC)

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This chapter, in which Lipsha performs a working of love medicine to reunite his grandparents, addresses the theme of ancestral traditions that are watered down over time. Lipsha wants his...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013, 12:58 am (UTC)

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Love Medicine is a story about families as well as individuals, and in a family saga, mothers are vitally important. The characters of Marie Kashpaw and Lulu Lamartine come from different...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2020, 11:26 pm (UTC)

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The characters in Love Medicine have distinctive voices that not only differentiate them from each other but also show how each of them changes over time and location. Several families are...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019, 9:23 pm (UTC)

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In Louise Erdrich's poem, "A Love Medicine," I think there may be two stories being told. I believe there is the story of the speaker's sister, Theresa, and how she is abused, when she his hit in...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2010, 5:52 am (UTC)

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