The Best Narrator Essay

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The two narrators begin with the story of Native Americans who are living together and dying while the Whites are striving to buy land from them. The two narrators are Nanapush and Pauline who have their own stories to tell but they majorly describe how the story unfolds. The story begins in the past and since Nanapush is the first one to come into the story, he becomes the narrator of the novel. Nanapush shares his past with Lulu, who is a Native American as well. The story unfolds during the era of 1912, where natives are dying while the Whites are confiscating their lands or buying them out (Erdrich, 1989). Nanapush rescues Fleur from the house when her parents die. She has some mystical powers and it is unknown where they hail from. People are mourning for the lost families, while Father Damian, the priest of the reservation takes them out of their misery and leads them to their revival. Nanapush offered Fleur to stay with him but she insists on going. Pauline meets Fleur in a butcher shop where she tied bonds with her. She however remains suspicious of her powers. Because she wins in the card games with all the men, they attack her in reaction to which Fleur brings out a storm, which destroys the attached areas (Erdrich, 1989). All the men die and it is revealed by Pauline that she had already locked the door. Fleur becomes pregnant and gives birth to a girl that she names Lulu. It becomes important to enhance the character of Fleur from the eyes of another narrator because then the audience can relate to passing on the judgment that they feel justifies her character in the novel. Another very important reason why the story had narrators other than the heroin was because of the political identity that is so clear in the novel. It begins with the political battles, which were based on identity among the natives and the Whites. Nanapush and Pauline are best as narrators of the story because they represent contradictory stance on the political battles that were going on at that time. The representation of Nanapush as the savior and the return of the “traditional tribal identity” is quite the reason why he is the most appropriate narrator for the story (Erdrich, 1989). He is the savior as he tells the story of his saving Fleur from a dismal life.
Fleur is the least colonized so had the story been narrated by her alone, there would have been no political identity in the story to relate to since she would have definitely held an inclined view towards the politics, which form the very foundations of the novel. Nanapush represents a man who had shunned his White education and returned to the woods to reunite with his roots. Hence, he becomes quite the contradiction to Fleur (Erdrich, 1989). If Fleur had become the narrator in the story, she would have acted upon her political affiliations in this regard because of which the story would have had no political relations.
Similarly, the choice of Pauline for narrator was the perfect one because of her...

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