Throughout the spiritual journey Elijah and Niska are on, Niska truly finds herself and begins to understand her life in the series of flashbacks she descriptively explains to Xavier. While Niska explains these stories to her nephew, the reader understands that she is a rather lonesome person, and she had never really shared her tales with anyone, “A sense of peace came over me as I prepared for another winter alone in the bush.” (176) Immediately you realize just how hard it is for her to do this, and how much she has held back her whole life. Xavier, who is often unconscious, asleep, or on morphine, is the last relative she has and she is desperately trying to help him survive. Her telling these stories to Xavier is many things, but mostly, a way to vent, and let somebody know all the hardships she has faced through her life. Another reason Niska may tell Xavier her life story is that nobody wants their life to be forgotten, so by telling her last living... [continues]
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