Juanita Platero's "Chee's Daughter": Character's Environment Reveals a

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Juanita Platero's "Chee's Daughter": Character's Environment Reveals A Great Deal About Personality

A characters environment reveals a great deal about his personality. In Chee's Daughter by Juanita Platero and Siyowin Miller this theory is displayed. In this story a young Navajo Indian girl is taken from her home by her deceased mother's parents. Two different environments which reflect values and personalities are conflicting. A young traditional Navajo,Chee , and a non- traditional Navajo businessman, Old Man Fat , fight over Chee's daughter, Little One. The two distinctly different settings in this story reflect the personalities of the protagonist,Chee , and the antagonist Old Man Fat.

Chee's setting reflects his caring nature. He shows this by caring for the land he lives on like a father would do for his son. He shows that he cares for the land by thinking that "if he sang the proper songs, if he cared for the land faithfully, it would not forsake him now..."(82) Chee is trying to grow food and he thinks that if he cares for the land and respects it that the earth would in turn make the food grow well. Another way to show this is how Chee thought that if he "Take care of the land and it will take care of you."(81) Chee cared and respected the land and in turn the land gave him food for which he would to barter back Little One from Old Man Fat. Chee treats the land as an equal. "he felt so strongly that just now this was something between himself and the land."(82) Chee treats the land as an equal, respects it and it respects him by giving him the food he needs. Where he lives is pure and real, like the earth.

The setting Old Man Fat chooses to live in reflects his personality and values. Old Man Fat owns a small store one the side of the highway that disregards some Navaho customs and beliefs. He does this by flaunting "...pseudo-Navajo designs on the roof."(78) This is very disrespectful to his tribe. He does not even try to find some...
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