Sherman Alexie Characters

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Portrayal of Character: A reoccurring idea in these texts is the relationships formed which oppose the discrimination faced against the characters, in particular those experienced by the youth in these texts. In Noughts and Crosses, the dystopian setting features two different races, the Noughts and the Crosses (who are referred to epitheticaly as blankers and daggers respectively). The Crosses can be characterised by their dark skin colour, whereas the Noughts by being pale. This is a reflection of the familiar distinction between Black and White people a good example being that the period of the Civil Rights Movement. However, in this civilization it is the Crosses who are of a higher social class and who maintain monopoly over the government…show more content…
This is most likely because the entire story is told through the juvenile eyes of the 14-yearold narrator, Arnold Spirit Junior (or Junior as he known as in Wellpinit). Although not very much younger than some of the aforementioned characters, Arnold is by far the most naïve of all our protagonists. Here again is a story seen through the perspective of a child belonging to a minority racial group. The novel begins in the setting the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit which is an Indian Reservation set aside for native American Indians to live on subsequent to been forced out of their homes and essentially disconnected from the rest of society. This particular reservation was created in 1881 by Rutherford B. Hayes and is contained to around 160,000 acres. Like Arnold, Alexie made the change to attend schooling outside of the reservation in Reardan High along with other non-Indian American children. Arnold is fascinated by one of these children as he comments, “ Those kids were magnificent. They knew everything... They were beautiful and smart… They were filled with hope.” This shows how Arnold idolises the life in Reardan and this is most likely attributed to a widespread feeling that Indians were inferior, as was shown in his previous school. It would seem to that Arnold’s pursuit of Penelope is again a representation of this idea. In fact it would seem that their relationship is purely symbolic rather than laden with the rich emotion and He appears to fetishise her when he says, “she was all white on white, like the most perfect kind of vanilla dessert cake you’ve ever seen. I wanted to be her chocolate topping.” The childish comparison between Penelope and a dessert does convey a much more serious dilemma; how this inequity is ingrained in the societal mindset as it falsely asserts that white people are of a superior
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