Analysis of How to Write the Great American Indian NovelGenre: Poem. Toggle navigation. Annotated by: Aull, Felice. Date of entry: May Last revised: May Summary Twenty-one stanzas of couplets spin out stereotypes of Native Americans promulgated by white American culture.
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How to Write the Great American Indian Novel
September Davis' Literary Thoughts. Home Journal Get in Touch. SHerman ALexie. Most of his poems tend to have a humorous nature to them, but this one instead focuses on a more serious sense of satire. He discusses throughout the poem how to write about Native Americans. If someone who read this was unaware of the satirical value they may think Alexie was racist or hated Native Americans.
In this poem, the speaker of the work, perhaps Alexie, discusses the necessary physical, mental, and emotional traits the characters in a great American Indian novel must possess. The speaker forces the reader to think about the stereotypes surrounding Native American culture; these stereotypes are often perpetuated in the media, including movies and novels. The speaker lists specific examples for the characters in the novel. She must be slender and in love with a white man. This poem is written in free verse, as none of the lines rhyme and the lines are of varying lengths. There are a total of forty-two lines in the poem, and they are broken into twenty-one couplets.
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