A Comparison of Welch’s and Erdrich’s Stylistic Approaches to Novel Writing
James Welch 's narrative methods employed in Fools Crow engaged two literary forms: novel and play. Though it is technically a novel, it can be read or interpreted as an attempt to emulate a play. I found fascinating the lineal narrative used in the book, which goes from the beginning of the life of the Fools Crow as an emerging figure of his community to the climax and when Fools Crow becomes an eminent individual. In that sense Welch follows a writing that progresses in intensity, thus, chapters in part four and five are shorter but compact. They exhibit more substance in the complexity of the person, Fools Crow.
It compares to any Shakespeare 's play. For example, Hamlet where action and drama become thriller in the two final acts. After passing the half-way through the reading in this book, it becomes more intense and I knew better the fight in the Blackfeet communities to advance in the social hierarchy. Therefore, it was a journey that needs courage and teamwork. But, these details are reserved for the end, which seems to be part of emulating the structure of a play in both form and context.
Nevertheless, sub parts in the text represent a conventional novel divided into chapters. Those chapters were indeed significant to the narrative since allows, which I would call the author 's pursuit, to impose the genre of the novel above of the play. In other words, he does not seek to diminish the categorization of novel as a more powerful and complete device to deliver a story than the play. Still, the play gives the platform to add a performative ambiance to it. Fools Crow can be adapted by a playwright to which Welch would be much grateful for because ...
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...happened more than a hundred years ago, she divides each chapter following a chronological order.
Finally, every chapter in Tracks is titled using season instead of the month and the year i.e., Fall 1920. It intrigues me because I do not know much about the calendar they are guide by. Perhaps, some reservations have their own calendar system and clock system. This is something I am going to research a little more during vacation. The seasons seem to be crucial for the Native Americans since they depend upon the crops they harvest. Opposite to residents in the city who buy already processed food. The same issue of season correlates with attention Erdrich pays to historical events. In short, this novel reaffirms that history and earth symbolize two elements that Natives should not abandon in the past. They are the present and the future of the people.
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