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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 181

The Round House by Louise Erdrich focuses on the rape and assault of Geraldine Coutts. Erdrich is an American writer popularly known for writing books that focus on the Native American culture. By narrating the story, the author provides a lot of information about the Ojibwe.

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Detailed information regarding Native Americans including legal challenges, family units, and supernatural beliefs is revealed in the novel. The book has a supernatural theme where most characters believe in ghosts. Furthermore, clothing is believed to have a direct effect on how a person feels. For instance, a person infected with the spirit was dressed in new clothing to feel better. Erdrich implies that most Native Americans face challenges with the law primarily because of their race and culture.

The author strategically reveals more about Joe’s life as the story progresses. The reader is introduced to his family, friends, and the people he meets as he fights for justice for his mother. In particular, I appreciate how the author included other themes such as culture, religion, and adolescence in the story in addition to superstition.

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