Momaday's The Way To Rainy Mountain

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In “The Way to Rainy Mountain” the author opens up the story by showing an immense scene of the landscape as he describes, “Loneliness is an aspect of the land. All things in the plain are isolate; there is no confusion of objects in the eye, but one hill or one tree or one man.” (Momaday 80). Later in the story Momaday gives a vivid description of the landscape again, although this time he shows how harsh the land is, by not only describing the landscape but giving the reader springboard to develop his or her ideas about the scenery as well. He paints a picture by saying “A dark mist lay over the Black Hills, and the land was like iron.” (Momaday 82). The author sums up the plight of his people, “When she was born, the Kiowas were living their last great moment of their history.” (Momaday 80). He takes us on a physical journey as stated “…and (I) traveled fifteen hundred miles to begin my pilgrimage.” (Momaday 80). Throughout his journey he explains the cultural meanings behind each destination such as, “Yellowstone it seemed was the top of the world, but beautiful as it is, one might have the sense…show more content…
The Kiowas reckoned their stature by the distance they could see, and they were bent and blind in the wilderness.” (Momaday 81). In the beginning of his journey he starts out describing his culture as skilled and proud, “they were lordly and dangerous and thieves,

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