The Effects of Time in Ceremony

In her novel Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko subverts trends of the conventional Western narrative through her descriptions of time. Rather than telling the story of Tayo in a linear chronology, Silko instead creates a more authentic experience by constantly shifting in between moments. In addition to being a Laguna Pueblo American Indian, Tayo is also … Read moreThe Effects of Time in Ceremony

A Square of Light: Depicting Tayo’s Consciousness

Tayo, the protagonist of Ceremony, lives in more than just one reality; he lives in worlds that exist once you begin to feel their touch on your skin. Worlds where nightmares occur while you’re awake, people and animals that say and do things you see and hear, but nobody else does. He inhabits a world … Read moreA Square of Light: Depicting Tayo’s Consciousness

The Power of Stories; Unconventional Narrative in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony

In her novel Ceremony Leslie Silko overtly breaks from the conventional “Western” narrative. The narrative form that she utilises is broken, merging prose where time is fluid with poetry and stories based in Laguna culture. What she creates is a vivid, idiosyncratic, and often times confusing narrative that, in a manner reminiscent of William Faulkner, … Read moreThe Power of Stories; Unconventional Narrative in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony

The Role of Nature in “Ceremony”

In Silko’s Ceremony, Tayo’s healing process is very extensive, and he faces many crucial challenges in order to let go of traumatic past events. While on this journey, Tayo encounters many symbols that aid him in developing a sense of appreciation and freedom. As a Native American with a growing sense of tradition, Tayo finds … Read moreThe Role of Nature in “Ceremony”

The Role of the Spotted Cattle in Silko’s Ceremony

Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony is a multidimensional novel full of Laguna symbols and themes that are easily overlooked in a superficial reading. Like many of the elements in this work, Josiah’s spotted cattle can be interpreted in multiple ways: as cultural metaphors, water spirits, and animal guides. Tayo’s pursuit of the lost cattle is a … Read moreThe Role of the Spotted Cattle in Silko’s Ceremony

Significance of the Journey Motif in ‘Ceremony’

Intrinsically tied to Native American culture is the concept of the journey. For millennia, the indigenous people of the Americans took part in nomadism and often journeyed across miles of rough and challenging terrain to reach their destination. In Ceremony, however, by Leslie Marmon Silko, the protagonist Tayo is both forced into voyage and elects … Read moreSignificance of the Journey Motif in ‘Ceremony’

The Absence of Identity, the Representation of Oppression: Concepts in Ralph Ellison and Leslie Marmon Silko

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko are entirely different, at least on the surface; they focus on two separate groups of people who progress through distinct journeys. In Invisible Man, the Invisible Man is searching for his identity as a nameless character wandering through life. Tayo, in Ceremony, struggles with … Read moreThe Absence of Identity, the Representation of Oppression: Concepts in Ralph Ellison and Leslie Marmon Silko

Legends as Guides: Routes to Cultural Discovery in ‘Ceremony’ and ‘American Born Chinese’

To enhance the cultural significance and direct their characters’ journeys, Gene Luen Yang and Leslie Marmon Silko include the presence of legends traditional to each culture in their works American Born Chinese and Ceremony, respectively. With these legends we see the integration of Jin’s and Tayo’s cultures into their journeys to accept their identities. At … Read moreLegends as Guides: Routes to Cultural Discovery in ‘Ceremony’ and ‘American Born Chinese’