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Linda Hogans novel Mean Spirit takes place in Watona Oklahoma Some of the Hill Indians there desire to live separately from the whites to continue their traditions The others however settle on barren allotments of land among the whites A few people become very rich because of the oil hidden underneath their worthless land Grace Blanket Nolas mother happens to own a valuable piece of property and is murdered for it She appears briefly but still significantly affects the theme of this work and the development of charactersJohn Hale an oilman and his men hunger for the oil on Graces property and decide to kill her Grace functions as a catalyst in the novel Her death reveals the novels theme Greed leads to corruption violence and a lack of trust all of which cause instability within the community The different cultures cannot have peace when the whites want everything their way The whites ultimately turn to violence so they can harvest the oil Hale and his men plan to kill those who interfere with their plan After Grace and a few others lose their life the communitys trust dwindles Grace Blankets death affects her daughters development as a character because Nola not only has to grow up without her mother but also fear for her life each day Nola knows the same men will be after her too because she will now inherit the land from her mother The Graycloud family welcomes Nola into their home for protection and comfort Nolas face reflects her tragic loss and she lies awake at night with fear The night of Graces death the sacred runners from the Hills begin watching Nolas every move to protect her The four runners give her a sense of relief that she is safe Nola doesnt live a normal life because of her mothers unexpected deathGrace Blanket serves as a catalyst by being the first to die because of the corrupt
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