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Introduction Ceremony is a novel written by Leslie Marmon Silko Itdeals with the gender roles of three women are significant to thedevelopment of a character namedd Tayo who is half-white andhalf-Indian These three women are Tayos birth mother Auntie andOld Grandma His mother left him when he was four years old and thatbegan his sense of emptiness and abandonment She could not bear toraise a child that brought the reservation shame by her mistake Summary Auntie raised Tayo and was the mother figure he lackedShe had no problem accepting to take him but only to conceal theshame of her younger sister Auntie was always hesitant toward Tayoas he was not her real son and was also a half-breed For Tayo thisonly added to his feeling of displacement and emptiness She wouldgive her affection and attention to her real son Rocky but would letAfter the war Auntie nursed him because he was all she had left afterRocky got killed He would wake up crying after dreaming about howmuch Josiah had loved him and always hugged him when he was alittlt child Now he realized that there was no place left for him and hewould never find peace Auntie may have been a mother figure to himbut to Tayo she was just someone who looked after him Old Grandma unlike Auntie does accept Tayo and wants what is bestfor him When Auntie rejected the idea of a medicine doctor becausehes not full blood Old Grandma got angry and said that he was hergrandson and why should she care what they say anyway She hasbeen around for many years and doesnt worry about what other peoplewill say about Tayo or about their family The significance of Montano to the novel Ceremony is very powerfuland vital to the recovery of Tayo She lives up in the rim rock and is intouch with the earth and her surroundings in every way Being tornbetween the white world and the Indian
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