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St. Jerome's Residential School

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In Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse, the protagonist, Saul Indian Horse, is taken against his will to St. Jerome's residential school in White River Ontario. At the residential school, Saul faces many struggles and challenges that he tries to overcome using hockey as a way to escape these issues. However, the residential school left an everlasting impression on Saul that impacted his life throughout the story.

St. Jerome's residential school had many impacts on Saul both at the time and throughout his life. The discrimination and abuse Saul had faced in this residential school are very similar to what Indigenous children faced when they were forced to attend these residential schools but worse.

At St. Jerome's residential school, Saul and the other kids were forced to do chores, physical labor, learn English, and forget their past culture and ways of living. If Saul or any of the other kids were to speak Ojibwe, they were punished, beat, or worse. Not to mention these k…

Saul's Turning Point

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In Indian Horse, written by Richard Wagamese, Saul faces racism, discrimination and many other issues that contribute to the events that happen throughout the book. From the beginning of the book to the end, Saul faces this constant racism/discrimination that affects Saul throughout the book. However, Saul is very strong in terms of self-composure. Whenever he played hockey, kids would always pick on him, and call him names. At the residential school, he was forced to do things that he didn't necessarily want to do. Even when going to work, there was always this constant aspect of racism/discrimination towards Saul, all based on because he was "Indian." However, Saul didn't put up with this racism throughout the book. In fact, there was a turning point where everything changed for the worse in Saul's life.

In chapter 38, Saul makes the Toronto Marlboros as a rookie. Saul then explains that "they wouldn't let me be just a hockey player. I always had to be…

The "Moose" Fight

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After living at St.Jerome's residential school for 4 years, Saul grew very sick of the residential school but also became very good at hockey. In fact, he was given the opportunity to leave the residential school and go live with a foster family in Manitouwadge, while being able to play a much better level of hockey with their reserve team known as "The Moose." Saul took this offer with little hesitation. When Saul first arrived in Manitouwadge, he was given little to no respect but gained the Moose's respect by showing them how good he really was. As a player, and as a team, the Moose were starting to become very good thanks to Saul. They went from participating and winning reserve tournaments to being offered to play against some of the most elite teams across Canada. They "began traveling to towns dotted all along the Trans-Canada Highway" (Wagamese, 129).

However, after winning a tournament in Chapleau, Northern Ontario, the team stopped at a cafe on th…

Saul's Vision

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In chapter six of Indian Horse, written by Richard Wagamese, Saul ventures around God's lake when he hears someone call out his name. Saul stands over the edge of a ridge where he sees a community of people. Saul watched as he witnessed the children play in the water, the women laugh, and the elders of the community nod to him from below. However, night suddenly falls over God's Lake and Saul starts to feel a great hunger. Suddenly, it is morning and Saul witnesses rocks falling onto the community of people living by the lake. Saul begins to weep at the sight of the heavy boulders crushing the community as he turns to find Naomi staring at him.

When first reading this chapter, I thought nothing of it and I figured that there might have been other people living on God's lake at the same time Saul's family arrived. However, after further analyzing this chapter, it became clear to me that what Saul witnessed didn't actually happen. Not to say these events never happen…

Short Story "Borders" Analysis

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"Borders" by Thomas King