Katlynn Stadnyk-Therres Stadnyk-Therres
October 20th, 2017
An Analytical Paragraph on Thomas King’s “A Seat in the Garden”
“A Seat in the Garden” by Thomas King is a short story about the damaging and untruthful popular stereotypes about White/Native people revealing serious world-wide problems and distinct barriers between Indigenous people and non-Indigenous peoples. The unflattering stereotypes used in the story are significant, because it demonstrates clearly that people in todays society are extremely ignorant towards First Nation people. In the story the Aboriginal character is represented stereotypically “The big Indian was naked to the waist. His hair was braided and wrapped with white ermine and strips of red cloth. He wore a single feather held in place by leather band stretched around his head, and, even though his arms were folded tightly across his chest, Joe could see the glitter and flash of silver and turquoise on each finger” (284). This is a stereotypical description of how a “classical” Native person should look. The Native character in the story turns out to be just a product of Joe’s mind, which Joe confers with his friend Red. The fact that Joe and Red both see this “Big Indian” in Joe’s garden reveals that both Joe and Red are racist against Indigenous people. Throughout the story the two of them continue to refer to Native people as old winos, and drunks, “‘Remember those three guys who come around on weekends every so often.’” “‘The old winos?’”. Red also in his imagination sees this “Big Indian” in Joe’s garden, something that is real thought-provoking is that Red continuously compares the appearance of the “Big Indian” to some Hollywood films that have Indigenous characters in them “I saw a move a couple of years back about a housing development that was built on top of an ancient Indian burial mound” (286). By Red relating the Native in Joe’s garden suggests that Red is generalizing Indigenous people into what he sees on television and movies which contributes to a damaging mythization about First Nation people.
(A Seat in the Garden Essay Sample)
(Thomas King )
An Analytical Paragraph...