Louise Erdrich Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

In each novel and most stories, Louise Erdrich links characters to the past as a way to offer solutions to present dilemmas. Choose a character, such as Father Damien in The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, and list three ways in which his past helped him cope with difficulties in his declining days. Choose an Indian character, such as Rozin in The Antelope Wife, and list three ways that the link to Indian history and myth help her face her contemporary life.

Select a passage in which the landscape or wildlife takes on the role of a character in The Antelope Wife. What human characteristics does it exhibit?

Discuss how Nanapush displays the characteristics of the Ojibwe trickster rabbit in Tracks.