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"You Character"

posted Jan 18, 2011 16:26:57 by Dekeyser15
The "you" character could be a couple of people. The first option that came to my mind was a teacher. Even though she was at a Native American school, the teacher could have been a different nationality. If Rita had a very strong cultural background as a result of her heritage, there could have been a chance that the teacher did not want to tolerate it. Rita mentions that she talks, thinks, and creates just like him or her but yet they are different. The only problem with this option is that I would find it hard to believe that he or she would single out one little girl out of many other Native Americans that would likely have the same background. The tone that Rita has towards the "you" is angry at first and then she changes and wants to help him or her to have a better understanding of her.
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ilovekatelynn said Jan 18, 2011 16:51:33
I agree with your opinion. Although I do not believe that the teacher is from a different nationality. At first I was not sure if the child was the only Native American in a class with a different nationality or even the opposite. Another way the poem could be looked at could be that the teacher was trying to get the students to embrace other cultures. Maybe the teacher felt that it was necessary to make the students forget about their culture, which is wrong.
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ghostwriter500 said Jan 20, 2011 16:16:36
I disagree with what you are saying ilovekatelynn because I think that she was forced to believe her own culture. I think she felt that deep down she was different, but she had no chance to explore. Also, it doesn't say that the "you" is a teacher at all. It could be her parents or even the government. So you can't assume who the "you" is. There are several different ways to look at this poem and think you have to consider many different options.
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