Combining Myth, Symbol, and Realism

Molly Yancovitz (English 27, Postcolonial Studies, Brown University, 1997)

Hove has created a powerful story which combines stunning mythological symbolism with harsh reality. It would be interesting to explore the extent to which the symbols he uses extend the force of the novel and highlight effects of such severe exploitation. What happens to a society when it is forced into a subservient role in order to ensure the prosperity of a cash-crop culture? How is this position reflected differently by gender and age? Who is angered, who is active, and why? Why the women? The establishment of reservations not fit for animals helps to instill a poverty that is worse than war. Why are the workers and peasants portrayed as passive? Why are they so distanced from the freedom fighters? Does the commercial farm divide these displaced people from their culture and tradition? Are they thus distanced from inspiration?

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