Download PDF Print Page Citation Share Link

Every so often in American literature, a book appears that captures the attention of a society whose people, in the midst of rapid and dramatic progress, sometimes lose track of the essential truths of American life and the roots from which their industrial age arose. Henry Thoreau's classic, Walden, for example, points to the values of a simplified life lived in harmony with nature. Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn takes the reader on a journey into an America where cruelty and injustice had infested a proud and free society, all seen through the eyes of an innocent, "uneducated" boy.

Illustration of PDF document

Download I Heard the Owl Call My Name Study Guide

Subscribe Now

American civilization has witnessed a variety of social experiments dedicated to restoring a "lost" America and revitalizing its people's relationship with nature. Even into the twentieth century, this impulse to appreciate preindustrial society has remained an American tradition. In recent times, much attention has been paid to the Native Americans—their traditional coexistence with the natural world and their battles against cultural extinction.

Craven's novel, often classified as an "inspirational" best seller, is a fascinating and unusual document based on the author's experiences. The narrative travels into the heart of one tribe, describing for the reader the lessons the Kwakiutl taught to the author. In a society dominated by high technology, a capitalist economic system, and rapid cultural change, Craven's novel transports young readers into another dimension— the rugged lives of a people who have remained unchanged for centuries and whose existence and livelihood are still governed by the cycle of the seasons. This realistic book incorporates humor and...

(The entire section contains 406 words.)

Unlock This Study Guide Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this I Heard the Owl Call My Name study guide. You'll get access to all of the I Heard the Owl Call My Name content, as well as access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

  • Summary
  • Characters
  • Analysis
  • Teaching Guide
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial