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
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"tms 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"tms 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"tms 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"tms 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.