Ceremony

Ceremony

Introduction This study guide Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko. Please click on the literary analysis category you wish to be displayed. Back and Next buttons can guide you through all the sections or you can choose to jump from section to section using the links below or the links at the left. Author : Leslie Marmon …

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Ceremony : Biography

Leslie Marmon Silko was born to Leland Howard Marmon and Mary Virginia Leslie Marmon in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on March 5, 1948. She lived with her family of two sisters on the Laguna Pueblo reservation. They were mixed bloods on the edge of Laguna life, not allowed to fully participate in the rituals. Leslie loved …

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Ceremony : Top Ten Quotes

“You understand, dont you? It is important to all of us. Not only for your sake, but for this fragile world.” (p. 36) The medicine man Kuoosh tells Tayo it is important for him to have the traditional ceremonies to cure his sickness. It is not a private consideration, because everyone is a part of …

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Ceremony : Theme

Native American HeritageTayo is a half-breed with one foot in Indian culture and one foot in white culture, though in his heart he identifies with Indian ways. Like the other young Indian men returning to Laguna Pueblo reservation after World War II, Tayo has confused values and identity, suffering from what would be called post-traumatic …

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Ceremony : Metaphor

Native American LoreAs Laguna poet/critic Paula Gunn Allen states in The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions, symbols in American Indian literature derive from ceremony where each thing is itself, not representing or signifying something else. Naming things evokes their presence. All objects, animals and plants are perceived in a psychic or …

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Ceremony : Characters

Auntie Auntie is Tayos aunt on the reservation who raises him from the age of four, after her sister drops the illegitimate boy on her doorstep. Auntie is strict and severe, a devout Catholic, but though she keeps Tayo at arms length, the two understand one another. Betonie Betonie is a tall and strange older …

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Home Ceremony : Pages 55-107

Summary of pages 55-107Tayo and his buddies get drunk at the local bar. Emo is the leader first cursing white men for leaving them a desert land of drought to live in, then bragging about sleeping with white women, but finally bragging about his war experiences and how the Indians were the best American soldiers …

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