The Importance Of Globalization In Reservation Blues By Sherman Alexie

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The world has been steadily growing in population, but shrinking in both the literal and metaphorical vastness of society. With a boom in technological invention, the world has discovered new ways of international trade, transportation and communication. With this comes the ability to interact closely with other cultures. In an article about globalization, Deborah Knight says “Go to your local supermarket and you can buy grapes from Chile or tomatoes from Mexico. Call the help desk for the computer you just bought, and the person you talk to is in India. Purchase a shirt and it will bear a tag from China, Indonesia or El Salvador. Go through your daily routines and you will almost surely encounter people who have immigrated to the United States…show more content…
Alexie, a Native American himself, was able to illustrate conflicts in a very honest way. One of the central conflicts in the novel is the community’s devotion to maintaining their rich and cherished culture, while trying to keep up with the modern world. Young and guarded white readers most likely have little understanding of what it means to have a desire to keep old traditions alive, but are educated on that topic through this novel. In Reservation Blues, younger generations were greatly influenced by mainstream media with little acknowledgement of their ancestor’s old traditions. Contrary to the younger generations, the older generations showed a great desire for the upkeep of these old traditions. The young band in the novel is greatly influenced by media and yearns to keep up with popular culture. They get caught up in the fame and fortune and realize that they have the potential to do big things. Alexie foreshadowed this event when he wrote, “For the rest of our lives, all we can hear are our names chanted over and over, until we are deaf to everything else” (1995, p. 212). They forget their own culture’s teachings and the idea that music has a purpose of healing the soul. Their elders look down on those who neglect to acknowledge the beauty in their traditions and view it as a demise of their beautiful culture. White Americans haven’t necessarily been too heavily exposed to experiences like this. The United States is so young that it’s traditions are being formed now, as opposed to other countries and cultures who have dated back hundreds, if not thousands of years. The value in reading Sherman Alexie’s Reservation Blues is that story provides readers with the understanding that their are older cultures out there that might not want to form to the

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