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The Shivering Tree Seminar

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Transcript of The Shivering Tree Seminar

The Shivering Tree
"The Shivering Tree"
Centers on Nanabush, the Ojibway Trickster figure and culture hero.
Meets the Juggler who tricks him and takes his eyes
Wanders the forest blind, until his old enemy Owl finds him.
Become friends, and Owl gives him a new set of eyes.
Nanabush confronts The Juggler again, and tricks him
Introduction
Making mistakes is human nature
Different ways to deal with the mistakes
Nanabush and Owl become friends
Approaches The Juggler a second time
Becomes a humble person
In the end, becomes mature
Thesis
In the short story
The Shivering Tree
by John McLeod, Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with The Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
Overview
Summary of short story
Introduction
Thesis
Arguments
Turning Foes Into Friends
Second and Last Approach With Juggler
Learning to be Humble
Conclusion
Conclusion
Seminar Presentation by Claire, Frank, Alisa
THANK YOU!
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
Nanabush's maturity is illustrated through his:
Ability to make friends with foes
Mature way of dealing with the Juggler
Ability to become humble
First Analysis
"'Now that is most certainly conjuring at its best,' Nanabush said, 'and you may take that as the word of the very one who invented conjuring.' [...] 'I'm flattered [to learn],' Nanabush said, smiling like a proud father."

"Proud father of conjuring"
His pride takes control of him
Second Analysis
"Quickly and quietly, as only he can do it, Nanabush changed his appearance. He took on the appearance of an old man. [...] 'Good day, Old One,' The Juggler said."

Vulnerable appearance
Doesn't rush to speak first
Learning to be Humble
Nanabush demonstrates his growing maturity when he stops letting his pride take control of his actions and allows himself to be modest.
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
"'I'll find a way myself,' said Nanabush. 'I'm already far too much in debt to you, Owl.'
'Not if we decide to be friends,' Owl Said. 'I am willing, for I wish there to be peace for my children. If you agree,then it's done.'
'Then it's done,' Nanabush said."
(10-11)
Nanabush decides it would benefit them both to just be friends
He realizes Owl is not a real threat, blindness is
He recognizes that the debt would be too large to bear otherwise
Turning Friends Into Foes
Through making peace with Owl and learning to appreciate his new friend, Nanabush demonstrates his maturity.
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
Second Analysis
"Their friendship sealed for all time, Owl and Nanabush bade each other good hunting and a long life. And so they parted, Owl with his new honors, Nanabush with his new eyes."
(11)

Nanabush has learned to appreciate his new friend
His friendship has paid off, in him being granted new eyes
Owl and Nanabush are now on good terms forever
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
First Analysis
First Analysis
"'I must think this out... Quickly, though, I may not get another chance at this rascal...' Quickly, and quietly... He took an appearance of an old man" (13).

Symbolism of turning to old man
Makes him look weak
Tricks The Juggler by doing so
Repetition used
"Quickly", smart encounter
Not the same approach as before
Advances plot
Second Analysis
"Nanabush went about his work of making the world what it was meant to be. He never gave The Juggler another thought. Why? Because Nanabush knew that The Juggler, like all Sorcerers, was a vain fellow more than eager to show off his power no matter how long it took" (15).
Realizes a few things about The Juggler
"A vain fellow"
Always cocky
Many years passed by, never changed
Nanabush doesn't care anymore
The Juggler not beneficial
Prevents The Juggler from thinking he cares
Second and Last Approach With Juggler
Nanabush disguises himself as an old man and then leaves The Juggler forever which are two actions that reveal his sophisticated nature.
Discussion Questions
Have you ever made a new friend because they helped you in your time of need? Have you approached someone in need and made a new friend? what's it like?

How do you know you're being appreciated? How do you appreciate your friends?

Owl and Nanabush were being honorable in terms of First Nations conduct. What does this tell us about First Nations values?
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
Nanabush's past experiences allow him to learn from his mistakes by turning his foes into friends, dealing maturely with the Juggler, and learning to be humble, which ultimately reveal his maturity.
Do you find it hard to let go of your pride? What are the consequences of being prideful?
Do you think people's appearances are relative to their pride?
Would you have more respect for leaders who are humble or those who think highly of themselves? Why?

What kind of an impression does Nanabush make on you as a leader thus far?
When was a time when you proved a person wrong without them knowing it? Was it satisfying enough that you were right, or did you have to make it clear you weren't wrong?
What is your opinion about vain people? Do you think they will ever change?

"Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations."
-Samuel Ullman
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