Major Characters Alienation

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Major Characters’ Alienation in Finding Their Sense of Indianness in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and James Welch’s Winter in the Blood Michael Jackson once said, “We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.” Sherman Joseph Alexie, Jr. is a novelist, short story writer, poet, and filmmaker. His writings picture his experiences of growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. His works are best-known for its touch of humor that also can be found in one of his masterpieces which are The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. James Phillip Welch, Jr. is a Native American…show more content…
Assuredly, both characters in the novels keep on recalling the memories they had in the past, but in the True Diary, it is not intensively used. In the True Diary, Junior only recalls his grandmother and his sister in certain chapters of the novel. Junior’s recollection of memories less likely to occur compared to the narrator’s recollection. In contrast, in the Winter, the narrator’s flashbacks continuously haunted his mind until the end story. Most noticeably, these flashbacks create his narration seems broken due to its uncertainty between the past and the present. The obscure of time frame indeed give crucial effect towards the narrator’s alienation. The narrator frequently has flashbacks about his father, First Raise, and his brother, Mose. In the Winter, those flashbacks even contribute to the peak of the story when the narrator tries to help the sink calf in the mud, plus he is haunted by the memories how Mose died. Therefore, this broken narrative in the Winter strengthens the narrator’s alienation, while in Junior’s case, the flashbacks do not convey the alienation…show more content…
In the True Diary, Alexie creates a noticeable binary world between the white and the Native American society, while Welch develops a sense of dislocation and obscurity in the narrator’s mind. In the True Diary, Junior struggles as an Indian boy who continues his education in Reardan, a farm town where meets white society which is such a contrast compared to his reservation. The white’s stereotype over Indians has created boundaries which limit Junior’s acts and behavior. This bewilderment of his existence made by the society placed him in between the white and his tribe. Thus, a sense of alienation within Junior gets stronger through these contrast worlds that he lives each day since he committed to entering Reardan. For instance, when Junior plays basketball, he actually questions about who he is and for whom he plays the game (p.182). However, in the Winter, Welch does not develop a binary world between the White and Native Americans. Instead, he makes the narrator nameless and obscure to the world he lives in. Therefore, a sense of dislocation emerges and disturbs the narrator’s mind because he feels that he does not belong to any place he has visited. That is why the narrator always feels strange about his surroundings. For instance, in Chapter 28 part 2 he said, “Everything came strange as though I were seeing things in slow motion.” (p.115). In

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