Topics: Culture, White people Pages: 2 (758 words) Published: May 15, 2013
What does alienation mean to you? Being alienated means to be isolated and choosing not to be with anyone. It can also be someone who is not like the rest and is different. Alienation can be when you walk into a place, and people stare at you because you don’t belong there, resulting in fright of socializing with others. In the novel, Blue Winds Dancing, the narrator starts noticing a difference between the two landscapes. Thomas Whitecloud becomes alienated because he cannot see how he can live in both worlds without relinquishing his own pride. "These civilized white men want us to be like them-always dissatisfied- getting a hill but wanting a mountain." In this quote, Thomas Whitecloud explains what he comes to realize during his journey, he is defensive to White culture, due to willful pride. These differences can be felt internally and externally as the narrator searches how to deal with society in a respectful manner. Thomas Whitecould chooses to combine the two different cultures, "my people are not inferior nor are they uncivilized" and agree with the rest of society that you must be one or the other. I can identify with Thomas Whitecloud because I have been through a very similar experience. At a young age, I moved thousands of miles away from home, to America, without knowing any English or anyone except my mother and older sister. My first day of school was the day after getting here. After going to what would be my new school in the morning, and signing papers with my mother, I walked into my new class. Alone, isolated, and alienated was what I felt as I walked through those doors for the first time. People could tell by just looking at me that I wasn’t from anywhere around there. The worst part is that I could not communicate with anyone because they all spoke English, and I only knew Portuguese. I can be on familiar terms with Thomas White cloud because those experiences were very similar. Thomas Whitecloud and I were trying to find a...
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