Topics: Native Americans in the United States, Indian reservation / Pages: 5 (1042 words) / Published: Oct 31st, 2013
Character Analysis of Tom Whitecloud’s “Blue Winds Dancing”

In this story or fictionalized autobiographical fragment Whitecloud develops a character, a young Native American man, stuck within an internal conflict of discovering his individuality and his true identity. Throughout the story the narrator shows characteristics of rebellion. The struggle of deciding whether to conform or to rebel against the white modern American ways is what causes this internal conflict. The narrator’s rebellious character is brought out by his attempt to leave the Indian reserve and attend university to try to conform to white modern American ways, his decision to leave the University and go back to his “home” in Wisconsin, and his realization of the man who he truly is. The beginning of the story takes place in southern California during the 1930’s where the character is attending university. During this time period it wasn’t an everyday occurrence that a Native American attended college. However, the narrator rebelled against Native American traditions and culture to attend University. From the story you can tell the narrator must have attended University for a long period of time, because of his ability to judge the everyday life of the white American culture. The narrator describes life in white modern America as “hysterically preparing for life until that life is half over”. (320, p.5) “Trying to do everything you don’t want to, never doing anything you want to. It means dancing to the strings of custom and tradition; it means living in houses and never caring who is next door”. (320, p.6) “A city with a million people who walk around without seeing one another; a city sucking the life from all the country around”. (322 p.24) Evidently the narrator has negative feelings towards this new culture that he left home for. With the narrators opposing views and his immaculate negatativity for the white modern America, he gets this overwhelming feeling of not being able to

Cited: Whitecloud, Tom. “Blue Winds Dancing.” Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Ed. Edgar V. Roberts and Robert Zweig. 10th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2012. 320-24 Print.

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