Erikson, Erik H.
Despite the use of counter narratives, Thomas King utilizes a number of different techniques in his writing. Through the dialogues that construct a major part of the story, temporary changes of perspective are achieved without changing the narrative voice.
For this I have formulated a thesis as both the focus and golden thread throughout the term paper.With her son as the narrator, a distance is created that allows for non-Native readers to understand the issues presented in an easier, lighter way. In the story itself, however, neither the narrator nor his son work a trap line. Authorial authority is disavowed at the very moment it is asserted. Being confronted with dialogues in which the two parts are talking to each other but not with each other creates suspense to resolve the conflict and to see an improvement in communication. What worked on the narrator himself when he was young is of no more use for his son. It is as if they were starring, painfully, in their own elegy, a beguiling mixture of the real and the doubly invented. Oral discursive modes have helped King not only to speak to Native communities persuasively, but also to make the voices of such communities heard by a broad non-Native audience, forcefully expressing their present-day concerns about racial discrimination and stereotyping, … Gilbert 3 By utilizing different forms of dialogues and by breaking the conventional literary discourse, King is able to construct a counter narrative that almost creates different narrative perspectives within a single first-person narrator.
This is indeed an intensely allusive novel. This allows for the continuous shifting amidst favouring the Canadian or the American side.
It is as if they were starring, painfully, in their own elegy, a beguiling mixture of the real and the doubly invented. Manuela is sure that they are making their way toward her. What does activist writing, writing that wants to make a real difference, look like?
But this was not the case. Hence, my thesis requires rephrasing: While both stories employ a first-person narrator that unravels issues in the daily lives of Native people, they each point towards a divergent problem.
The name of the latter is directly related to the restriction of Blackfoot movement by Commissioner Steele of the North West Mounted Police.
But such formal radicalism is inevitably in search of its own realism.