Piquette Identity Quotes

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Piquette is treated more like a source of entertainment than a person who has feelings, and is deserving of the same granted benefits like everyone else in society. Piquette is objectified and this makes her become bitter and dark. Piquette being objectified and the way this affects her is proven by the following dialogue. “’I bet you know a lot about the woods and all that, eh?’… Piquette looked at me from her large dark unsmiling eyes… ‘If you mean where my old man, and me, and all them live, you better shut up’… It became increasingly obvious that, as an Indian, Piquette was a dead loss.” It is clearly evident that Vanessa is more interested in knowing Piquette’s background knowledge than who she is as a person as displayed from that particular…show more content…
This act of defense shows that Piquette is trying to defend her identity; which is the reason why she is treated like an object. Being treated like an exotic creature and made to feel shameful for her identity makes Piquette close herself off, and build a protective wall around her to protect herself and her identity, because as it is stated by Vanessa in the quote, Piquette has become void of happiness because she is an Indian and this makes her a “dead loss”. By building a barrier between her and other people whom interact with her; Piquette tries to use that technique to be successful in appearing strong, and tough which makes her all the more bitter and…show more content…
Big Tom’s living struggles and objectification makes Big Tom feel and become helpless. In other words Big Tom is treated like a tourist attraction, someone who exists for entertainment and inspection for satisfying one’s curiosity, Big Tom is perceived as a person with no feeling and personality by society which he is segregated from as seen from the following dialogue. “A man took a series of photographs of him with an expensive-looking camera… ‘I wish he’d look into the camera,’ the man said loudly to a couple standing nearby, as though he were talking of an animal in a cage.” Big Tom is frustrated and cannot be successful in life because of his identity and the oppression from the society on him. Big Tom is just like any other human being but is denied the same respect and rights as everyone else in society and is instead treated as an interesting living thing that attracts people as it is proved by a line in the dialogue “as though he were talking of an animal in a cage.” Being objectified is devaluing, and objectification leads one to question their self-worth and their authentic self, it is hard enough struggling to live in poor living conditions and having to look after a baby, but it is depressing to not be able to know and learn about one’s self properly, and becoming a respected individual.

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