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Love Medicine

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Andre Garner Period 2 Louise Erdrich, author of the Native American-themed novel Love Medicine, juxtaposes two families connected by one affair to the struggle of change brought by the "Whiteman". The novel's great structure and use of description for every character creates vivid images, and Erdrich's style of writing features shifts in narrative, with every chapter consisting of another person's story and their view on the predicaments of the two families. Erdrich's characters endure great pain due to love, deceit, and liaison. ...read more.


Erdrich expresses the families' personalities by shifts in narrative giving the reader a better understanding of who the characters are. The novel Love Medicine consists of personification, metaphor, and irony. An example of irony would be the relationship between two main characters Nector, the grandfather, and Eli, Nector's brother. Nector was sent to a government-funded school while Eli was left at home to learn the Native-American teachings. Fifty years later, ironically, Nector's mind is now deteriorating causing him to forget people, places, and events, but Eli has become the smart one knowing everything and everyone. ...read more.


Many important themes are prevalent in this novel, but one significant message is the importance of trying to battle for a strong family that is being invaded by their own lies and affairs. The government has caused change in the Indian community, the community where the Kashpaws and Lamartines reside. Throughout the story, Nector and Marie succeed in making the best of their family, which Lulu took note on causing her self to raise two healthy powerful sons, despite not having strong father figures. A firm family bond is something that Dot Adare and Gerry Nanapush understood because Gerry was in and out of prison and still found time to grow a relationship with his son. ...read more.

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