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Fleurs Tracks In Louise Erdrichs Tracks the readers discovers by the second chapter that there are two narrators Nanapush and Pauline Puyat This method of having two narrators telling their stories alternately could be at first confusing especially if the readers hasnt been briefed about it or hasnt read a synopsis of it Traditionally there is one narrator in the story but Erdrich does an effective and spectacular job in combining Nanapush and Paulines stories It is so well written that one might question as he or she reads who is the principal character in this story Being that there are two narrators is it Nanapush the first narrator him being a participant in the story who tells his story in the I form Or is it Pauline the second narrator who also narrates in the I form Upon further reading the motive for both narrators stories become more evident and by the end of the book it becomes clear that one character is the driving force for both of the narrators stories This central character is Fleur Pillager She in fact is the protagonist of Tracks Even though she is limited in dialogues her actions speak more than words itself Structurally speaking Fleur is mentioned in every chapter of the book either being referred to by the two narrators or being part of the story In fact after researching the novel several times no other character including the two narrators is consistently mentioned in every chapter In the first chapter Nanapush tells Lulu his granddaughter about the fate of the Chippewa Tribe He then spends most of the chapter discussing the beginning of Fleur who is Lulus mother and how he saved her life In the second chapter Pauline the second narrator begins her story gossiping about Fleur to an unknown listener in detail Pauline continues to focus her story on Fleurs life discussing in length of incidents about her Paulines obsessive
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