Pride And Racial Inferiority In Blue Winds Dancing

693 words - 3 pages

There is a fine line between admiration of one's own culture and contempt for those who are different. Where is the line drawn between pride and prejudice? A society will always feel as though their system of beliefs and way of life is superior and opposing culture are lacking in dignity. In "Blue Winds Dancing" Tom Whitecloud's unnamed character is at that crossroad in his life. Is his Indian culture truly inferior to that of the White man; is his honor to not drift away from his own culture leading to prejudice for the White man?

Throughout the story there is a constant comparison of White culture and Indian culture. It begins with the narrator noticing a difference in landscaping between the two cultures. ." . . there is always beauty in order. . . rows of growing things. . . beauty in captivity." (Whitecloud 116) Symbols in nature play an enormous part on this story. Here the narrator is describing the White culture; disciplined, orderly, enslaved. In the next paragraph he goes on to counter the White culture with his own Indian culture saying, "Later, when the first snows fall, one awakens in the morning to find the world white and beautiful and clean." (116) Snow is a major symbol throughout this story, it represents his culture as pure, clean, and simple, everything the White culture is lacking in their society. You can immediately sense the contempt the narrator has for the hustle of White society.

The narrator goes onto compare the different aspects of the cultures, and in a sense thinks like the White man, that his culture is inferior. He speaks of formal education and states how the Indians have ." . . no worries about grades and honors." (117) Because a society does not place an emphasis on formal education does not make them any less civilized than another society. When he speaks of his culture being inferior, he is placing that title on them himself. He goes on to say, "I am weary...

Find Another Essay On Pride and Racial Inferiority in Blue Winds Dancing

Comparing "Blue Winds Dancing" with "Lunch Counter sit-ins"

2154 words - 9 pages Comparing "Blue Winds Dancing" with "Lunch Counter sit-ins"The reason for choosing the "lunch Counter Sit-ins" in comparison with the shortstory "Blue Winds Dancing", is because they both deal with inequalities and acceptancebetween different races, especially between minorities and Caucasians. Both the "LunchCounter Sit-ins", and the short story "Blue Winds Dancing" take place in the early1970's. In addition to have taken place around the same

Essay of Short Fiction story by Native American author Tom Whitecloud. This essay describes the setting for "Blue Winds Dancing" using MLA format and quotes from the story.

1005 words - 4 pages Short Fiction Essay: Setting"I hear again the ring of axes in deep woods, the crunch of snow beneath my feet. I feel again the smooth velvet of ghost-birch bark" (Whitecloud 157). In "Blue Winds Dancing," author Tom Whitecloud uses vivid descriptions of the outdoors. He allows us to understand how beautiful nature is. He gives nature a personality. His surroundings are almost a character themselves. In this story, Whitecloud is the main

Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa

1717 words - 7 pages Although the !Kung San of southern Africa differ greatly from the people in the west African nation of Mali, both areas share similar problems. Both suffer from diseases, illnesses, malnutrition, and having to adapt to the ever changing and advancing cultures around them. What I found to be the most significant problem that is shared between both areas is that the people suffered from a lack of education. In the book Dancing Skeletons: Life and

Music and sounds in Lynch's "Blue Velvet".

913 words - 4 pages In Blue Velvet, Lynch uses sound and music in several different ways, to enhance atmosphere, establish mood, but also sometimes to help telling the story itself. Indeed, first, Badalamenti’s score contributes to complete the film’s themes. Lynch depicts a seemingly beautiful and quiet small town, but like everything, a hidden side reveals evil, pain, madness. The music denotes this hidden side, and even mystery and darkness. But particularly

Pride in Oedipus and Othello

1725 words - 7 pages Pride in Oedipus and Othello      In literature, the tragic heroes Oedipus and Othello allow the pride they have to cause their own demise by putting too much emphasis on the lives they have created for themselves. Oedipus, who blinds himself after finding out he has killed his birth father and married his birth mother, refuses to believe he has truly fulfilled his fate because he is so proud of what he has accomplished since he left

Flattery in Pride and Prejudice

2147 words - 9 pages Flattery in Pride and Prejudice Since its composition in 1797, Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice has enjoyed two centuries of literary esteem not because of its witty dialogue or its tantalizing plot, but because of its universal themes that allow modern readers to identify with early Victorian life. Although the novel focuses on the etiquette of courtship, related social rituals are also

The roles of pride and prejudice in Pride and Prejudice

1413 words - 6 pages inferiority of your connections?? to congratulate myself on the hope of relations, whose condition in life is so decidedly beneath my own?? (ch.34). Darcy?s fierce pride is such a barrier to his own passionate love for Elizabeth. Elizabeth also misjudges Darcy on a poor first impression. As one of the most favourable heroines in English literature, Elizabeth is lovely, energetic and intelligent and she is proud of her ability of judging people

Essay on Prejudice and Pride in Pride and Prejudice

1569 words - 6 pages Prejudice and Pride in Pride and Prejudice          In any literary work the title and introduction make at least some allusion to the important events of the novel. With Pride and Prejudice, Austen takes this convention to the extreme, designing all of the first and some of the second half of the novel after the title and the first sentence. The concepts of pride, prejudice, and "universally acknowledged truth" (51), as well as the

Pride and Perception in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

850 words - 3 pages Pride and Perception in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Jane Austen's society values impressions, and considers them an important aspect of their culture. A first impression determines the entire perception of that person. In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet learns a hard lesson by basing her perception of other characters completely on their first impressions. "The comedy is concerned with a heroine who must be educated out of a

Racism, Racial Profiling and Segregation in America

2896 words - 12 pages was founded not only on the idea of democracy, but white supremacy. Unfortunately, our country has had to struggle since the writing of the Constitution to amend these ideas of white supremacy. Charles W. Mills says in his book, The Racial Contract, "White supremacy is the unnamed political system that has made the modem world what it is today" (1). Even today, our cities face the same problems of white supremacy and black inferiority with

Prejudice and Racial Discrimination in America

2757 words - 11 pages of Africa was a great detriment to the black's ability to blend into American society. Whites and blacks alike could by virtue of Africa point to "proof" that blacks and whites were never meant to live together, and furthermore that the lack of economic and industrial development in Africa as compared with European standards was a clear mark of racial inferiority. Even today these people are implicitly connected with the third world

Similar Essays

Blue Winds Dancing Essay

741 words - 3 pages "Blue Winds Dancing" "Blue Winds Dancing", the story of a man's internal conflict is revealed by Tom Whiteclouds' telling of the young man's thoughts while he is at school, his observations during his trip home and his reaction to the people when he arrives home.In the beginning of the story (paragraphs 1-10) the Indian compares the city to the reservation. He thinks of the city as a captive place, a place "where trees grow in rows and the palms

Search For Self In Blue Winds Dancing

735 words - 3 pages Search for Self in Blue Winds Dancing      Blue Winds Dancing by author Tom Whitecloud, is narrated by the story's unnamed main character. The young Indian man's persona is brought to life through his own recollection and spoken words. We recognize the turmoil this character faces as he is away from "his people," attending college in White man's society. He doubts his place in either world, believes he must choose between them, and

Thomas Whitecloud’s Blue Winds Dancing And The Internet

1391 words - 6 pages In Thomas A. Whitecloud’s “Blue Winds Dancing,” he talks about how he feels disconnected with society because of the different aspects of society that he does not agree with and is not accustomed to. He copes with the two opposing societies because he is biracial and is therefore a part of both societies. There are many activities that are participated in by people who are apart of what he calls the civilized world. Whitecloud hitchhikes on a

Comparing Culture In Everyday Use, A&P, And Blue Winds Dancing

1583 words - 6 pages Culture in Everyday Use, A & P, and Blue Winds Dancing   Alice Walker, John Updike, and Tom Whitecloud write stories in which culture plays an important role in many aspects of the conflict. In each story, a particular ethnic, occupational, social, gender, or age group's culture may be observed through characters' actions, thoughts, and speech. The decisions the characters make to resolve these conflicts in Everyday Use, A & P, and Blue