Personal Experiences In Rainy Mountain By N. Scott Momaday

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Individual growth can come in many forms, many of which involve finding your sense of place. A sense of place can be describes, in a sense, as a place where you feel like you belong, have a purpose, connect spiritually, and are familiar with. Finding where you belong usually takes a journey and a great deal of culture, history, and spiritual discovery. Momaday helps us to understand his journey by telling us a few tails of his people. Also, he tells us about his grandmother, who helped him through his journey, felt connected to, and eventually whose death pushed him to make all of the connections between what he has learned, not only about himself, but also about the tribe. He uses a poetic writing style and three different voices to drive…show more content…
Scott Momaday this sense of place and self discovery comes through in three different aspects, first through his personal experiences in Rainy Mountain, second through the historical background of the tribe, and third through the spirituality and tribal…show more content…
“When i was a child i played with my cousin outside, where the lamplight fell upon the group and the singing of the old people rose around us and carries away into the darkness.” the idea of dark and light is a motif throughout this whole story not only showing good versus evil but also knowledge and the lack of knowledge. This also encompasses the traditions of singing and dancing. The elders and the singing bring knowledge which is represented through the lamplight which is singing on the children, who will soon gain the knowledge passed down. “Still, it was early in the morning, and the birds sang out of the shadows.” this is when he is older and the birds are the elders, still singing their traditional songs. This time we is in the light because his grandmother dies, and because he is older. In a way he is coming to realizations and the truth is seeping through. His personal experiences in rainy mountain helped his discover partes of himself, both the playful, happy child, and the mourning adult. The change in setting plays a large role in both aspects of his life, the darkness is bing naive and the sunlight is finally gaining knowledge. This is representative of everyone 's oneself. Each person 's experiences shape who they are. Not only the good but also the bad experiences cause you to learn about your innerself. This causes to you to grow as a person
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