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Leslie Marmon Silko's "Lullaby"

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Katie Nelson

on 23 September 2013

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Transcript of Leslie Marmon Silko's "Lullaby"

Leslie Marmon Silko's "Lullaby"
Major Themes
Theme: an idea that recurs in or pervades a work of art or literature. The author utilizes the characters, plot, and other literary devices to assist the reader in extracting the theme.

Tradition and change.
Racial and cultural discrimination.
Poverty and exploitation.
Language barriers.
Deaths and loss.
Leslie Marmon Silko was raised on the Laguna Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, a place she came to know through stories that were told to her by her father, her aunt, and her grandmother.
The storytelling tradition, much of it oral rather than written, is often a powerful element in Native American tribes, preserving certain ways of knowing and helping members recognize their connection to the tribe.
But these stories are often living things, adapting and changing to reflect tribal members’ struggles to adapt to an often hostile world.
Leslie Marmon Silko
a recurring object, concept, or structure in a work of literature
Jimmie's blanket could be considered a motif in this story
Despite the tragedies that Ayah experiences, she finds healing powers in her memories of her loved ones and in the lullaby she sings to herself.

The lullaby is a means of storytelling that connects Ayah back to her children and her heritage.
The Lullaby
This story details the loss and grief that Ayah has experienced.
Her children have been lost to war, or they have been taken away by government officials.
She also feels a loss of heritage/culture. There is no one for her to pass her knowledge down to.
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