Guy Vanderhaeghe’s The Englishman’s Boy
Choose one of the following topics and write an essay of approximately 1500 words on Guy Vanderhaeghe’s The Englishman’s Boy. Sources have to be academic.
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The content and speech pattern of Damon Ira Chance bears an uncanny likeness to the language in Frederick Jackson Turner’s “The Significance of the Frontier in American History.” Comparing Chance’s and Turner’s language, discuss the influence Hollywood filmmakers have played in promoting the myth of the frontier and misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples. This essay requires that you provide evidence of Chance’s frontier rhetoric in The Englishman’s Boy and evidence of similar rhetoric in Turner’s essay. You may also employ Daniel Francis’s The Imaginary Indian as a secondary source or you may find scholarly sources in the university library and Summons.
Focusing on Guy Vanderhaeghe’s characterization of Fine Man, Broken Horn, and Strong Bull, and employing Daniel Francis’s text The Imaginary Indian as one of your several secondary sources, analyze and discuss Vanderhaeghe’s creation of “Indian” characters. Does Vanderhaehge perpetuate what Francis describes as images of “Indians,” which, “like butterflies frozen in amber,” are static, unrealistic, and stereotypical? Or, does the cultural detail in Fine Man’s narrative promote knowledge of and understanding of Indigenous peoples? You may discuss both negative and positive aspects of the novel.
Focusing on the racial discrimination that is represented by Damon Ira Chance’s behaviour, discuss Guy Vanderhaeghe’s purpose in The Englishman’s Boy attempt to expose the prevalence of anti-Semitism (racism against Jews) and the prejudice against Indigenous peoples and African-Americans in the United States in the twentieth century.
Focusing on Shorty McAdoo’s character as an unreliable narrator, discuss Guy Vanderhaeghe’s employment of irony in his crafting of Shorty’s oral history as told to and recorded by Harry Vincent. How are we meant to interpret the stories Shorty tells to Harry Vincent about Indigenous women like Ruth Bighead, about his experiences “going Indian” in the wild, and his encounter with Shamans like the Bear figure? What is the subtext of his tales about his experiences with Indigenous peoples?
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