Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)

Program

English

Date of Award

8-2003

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Mark Holland

Committee Members

Michael A. Cody, Jeffrey Powers-Beck

Abstract

This is a study of Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony analyzing the process of renewal and the use of stories as guides.

Silko's work deals with problems faced by all who experience the death and destruction of war, a problem complicated by a Native American heritage. Tayo's struggle to complete his ceremony and find renewal is intertwined with his interaction with the medicine man Betonie and the mysterious woman Ts'eh. By the end of the novel, Silko shows that only through a respect for the world can mankind achieve completeness and harmony.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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