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The Light In The Forest By Conrad R Ichter

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The light in the Forest.
The book, “The Light in the Forest” is a book written by Conrad Richter. This book is about a young man named True Son. He was a young white boy that was captured by Indians. True Son was only four years old when he was captured, and eventually adopted as one of their own. True Son, at the time was way too young to fully understand what was going on. All’s True Son knew was that he had a family, an Indian family that loved him very much. To True Son, he was pure indian.
After about eleven years with True Son’s new Indian family, he was told that he needed to return back to his white family. His original family! He was told that because of a new agreement that got signed, he was legally obligated to return, or trouble would come. True Son, was very unhappy about this and fought hard against going, but his Indian father gave him back. He was released to the army. Also there, ...view middle of the document...

When True Son was young his Indian father held a ritual to take out all of True Son’s bad white blood and replace it with pure Indian blood. To True son, not knowing any better, then assumed that all white people were terrible people and that the Indians were saints.
True Son’s white parents then tried to turn him back and return his white upbringing. Although True Son, already has so much hate and trust issues towards white people, especially white men. True Son especially hates being around the Paxton boys. The Paxton Boys were a group of white men that were known for killing Indians. True Son then tries to escape, and back to his Indian family, but is caught and brought back. The whole time he is with his white family, alls he wants and dreams and thinks about is being able to go back home to his Indian family. He only gets along with one white person, and that is his little brother Gordie.
Then one night, after being very sick, True son heard his Indian cousin, and friend, Half Arrow calling his name. Half Arrow had finally come for him, but little did True Son know that his cousin Little Crane was killed but True Son’s white uncle. His name was Wilse Owens. He was on of the Paxton Boys. So, True Son and Half Arrow wanted to seek revenge and kill his white uncle, Wilse Owens. They did not succeed.
True Son came back home to find that Little Crane’s family is seeking revenge for his death, and are now calling for war. They ask True Son to be a decoy so they can ambush a boat with a bunch of white people on it. So True Son does, and he gets the boat of white people to come for him but he fails to continue with the plan. He changes his mind. The Indians were so angry that they held a ritual to determine what they did to True Son. His Indian fathers saves him from being killed but also decides to banish him from his Indian family forever.
At the end of the book, True Son returned to his the white people side of the forest, but this time not only was his banished from his Indian family, but now his white family is very angry with him, and no longer wants him. That is how the book, “the light in the forest” began and ended.

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