The Way To Rainy Mountain Analysis

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For the fourth reader’s notebook we read The Way to Rainy Mountain by Scott Momaday. Though confusing at times I found this book to be a captivating account of the Kiowa spirit’s core. This was demonstrated throughout the book in Momaday’s own experimental voice, which I thought was very interesting. The three voices are presented in the preface and the first one being the voice of his father, the ancestral voice, and the voice of the Kiowa oral tradition. The second voice being that of historical commentary, and the third being his own voice (personal reminiscence). I believe that these three voices really allowed him to work with the imagination of the reader to put together a fourth voice within the reader’s mind. This book really illustrates a special journey of the Kiowa people. As I was doing a little more research on Momaday and other pieces he has written I came across a quote I thought that…show more content…
As the story continues she grows older in age and Momaday makes it obvious that she is one of the oldest and wisest of the Kiowa tribe. On page 7 when he says, “although my grandmother lived out her long life in the shadow of the Rainy Mountain, the immense landscape of the continental interior lay like memory in her blood” it really shows how well she knows her land. This made me think that Momaday was trying to say that as you grow older, you grow wiser as well. Throughout the book I can tell he has great respect for her by the tone he uses towards her. In my opinion, when we are placed around someone that knows a lot about anything and everything we are often dumbfounded on how much knowledge that person holds. I see this as being the same idea that Momaday had about his grandmother. Without his grandmother being a character in this book I don’t think that it would have been as influential or would have been considered as cultural, in my opinion at

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