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Critical Analysis of: “Fleur” I chose to write a critical analysis on the American short story, Fleur, written by Louise Erdrich. I chose this story because I had never read anything by Louise Erdrich before. Also, as I read the introduction, I found out that she was part Native American, and I enjoy reading their literature. The title, “Fleur” also intrigued me as to what was behind that name. I assumed there must be something interesting to this story that the title is not telling me. I was not mistaken. I found Fleur to be a complex and intriguingly written short story. Fleur, simple as the title may be, behind that name is a complex person with an entrancing personality and life-style. Erdrich’s style of writing, irony, symbolism, and underlying themes all add to why Fleur was compelling to read. Erdrich was able to elaborate on part of America’s history of the treatment of others. She also cleverly throws in some humor to lighten the seriousness of the story, which added to its readability. This magnificent story of a woman’s instinct and struggle to survive after being shunned by her people, illustrates to readers that we should never underestimate the power of other individuals and that Continue...

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Lily, being Caucasian as they come, and Fleur being Chippewa, symbolizes the differences in values of the two cultures and sexes. Her prose style and realist point of view is relevant throughout the story. The use of irony is also common throughout Fleur. She paints such an excellent picture in a reader's mind with the use of adjectives and metaphors. Second, we should not let material things and money consume us to the point of acting violently, or you may end up facing a "pig. It is also ironic, if not remarkable, that she survives the drownings since she does not know how to swim either. Another symbolic concept was the quarreling between Lily and Fleur. Erdrich's style of writing compliments the contents of the text. The more metaphors, the better the mental image can be made. Ironically, in the end, even though there were more of them and physically stronger, Fleur's wit dominated them. I blended into the stained brown walls... I knew everything what the men said when no one was around, and what they did to Fleur. The actions of the people on Fleur's reservation were also ironic. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography. This was a great approach to showing that if someone can remain strong mentally and emotionally, they will survive in life. Fleur is not at all delicate or composed as a flower.


Fleur-de-Marie. s'ecria Fleur-de-Marie en joignant les mains. Il m'etait permis d-aimer mon bienfaiteur autant que je l'aimais... (634 3 )

Themes in "Tracks" and "Jazz"
tribe, he explains (to an adopted child, it turns out) that he survived the epidemic and nursed the only surviving child of the Pillager family, Fleur, back to (2897 12 )

Love Medicine Erdrich
As Marie says of Fleur "The pillager was living back there with no lights, she was living with spirits...She scorned the nuns as they scorned her, visited the (972 4 )

"Mysteries of Paris"
That attitude toward Rodolphe is brought out in the opening episodes of the novel, with whom Fleur de Marie experiences with "a sense of awe, a recognition of (3260 13 )

Two Native American Writers
Lulu's mother is Fleur [and] Lulu will not refer to her as "mother." . On the one hand, we are drawn into the story of Fleur and her attempts to save the land. (2132 9 )

by the Court in a variety of decisions, including Roe, Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 US 471 (1965), and Cleveland Board of Education v. La Fleur, 414 US 632 (4125 17 )