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forced to believe

posted Jan 17, 2011 17:36:40 by kelkleine
I think the “you” could be two different people. One, it could be her parents. I think it could be her parents because when you’re young you don’t have a choice of where you go to school or what religion you follow or what food you eat. You are basically forced to do what your parents want you to do. She feels like she didn’t have a say in anything that her parents wanted her to do, that’s where she feels that she lost her voice. Two, it could be the teachers at the school. It could be the teachers because I think when you belong to a certain tribe or culture you are forced to believe what they believe and all they teach is probably about their culture.
I think the “I” towards the “you” is anger and frustration. She wishes that she could have had say in what she was taught. She feels like she didn’t have say in what she was forced to do as a kid.
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kelkleine said Jan 18, 2011 02:06:20
An excellent initial interpretation! I would like you to focus on your idea about the teachers. What words and/or phrases specifically show that the "you" could be teachers? How do certain words/phrases reflect general teacher ideas?

To give you a bit of background, Rita Joe felt that her school was not a positive experience. She was a part of the Mi'kmaq Nation, which was a Native american group from Canada and New England, and her school was a way to force native people to assimilate and eliminate any pieces of their culture.

How does the last stanza of the poem show a shift in her anger and frustration?
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