Book Title: "Winter's Blood" By James Welch The Shaping Of The Narrator

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The arrogance and ignorance of the human race has left the world completely denatured, with innumerable casualties as a result of society's cock eyed perspective. James Welch's novel Winter in the Blood, exhibits the journey of a disheartened narrator of no name through his indifferent life. His present and future life are indirectly ruled by his past in which his only two pillars of happiness, his brother Mose and father First Raise died. These traumatic experiences left the Narrator utterly apathetic with the world and himself. His life then becomes an example of the downward spiral caused by broken faith and bad distance, leading him through failed sanctuaries, baptism, and must ultimately face trial by fire.When we are children and our comprehension of the world becomes clearer, we begin to form trusts of what is good and bad. This trust becomes the foundation for faith, which will develop naturally in regards to family, community, and spirituality. If the validity in these faiths are proven, the person will build a good distance of comfort and acceptance with their faith. However, if the individual is betrayed by their faiths, he/she may never recover from the trauma. Our parent's ignorance of their own bad distance is what makes the capable of passing on their own trauma to their children. Many times, the loss of something you truly believed in or loved will skew your future perspective, never allowing you to feel that strongly again. After the narrator in Winter in the Blood, loses his father and brother, he subconsciously fears such trauma again and indirectly severs all emotional ties with others. He has from then on established a bad distance with himself and others.Bad distance becomes a crippling aspect of the narrator's life. Because of his psychological scars and inability to interact naturally with his environment, he seeks out refuge and healing in various sanctuaries. However, because society is so crooked, there are many institutions that pose as sanctuaries, yet function inversely for the narrator. One clear example of this failed sanctuary are the bars in Havre where the novel takes place. The bar is supposed to be a place where he can heal and clear his mind of the world's complications, however he only exposes himself to crude vulgarity and unpleasant aspects of human nature, worsening his state of life. The social filth of the reservation...

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