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I have not failed Ive just found 10000 ways that wont work This quotation from Thomas Edison is an excellent representation of the three narrators in Michael Dorris novel A Yellow Raft in Blue Water Ida Rayona and Christine have the most complicated lives and yet they still fight for a better way of life Through many unique and interesting techniques Michael Dorris is able to create these three admirable women that portray the strength and unity of family in his novel In order to create them he uses the narrators and their relationships to each other history and media and symbols Dorris techniques defy the traditional belief that characterization is obtained by description or detail and goes a step further than them All of these together create the three women Rayona Christine and Ida who in turn tell their part of the story and how their lives relate to the others The relationship between the three narrators sets the foundation for the character development Each of the characters has a sometimes strained but always strong relationship with the others Rayonas relationship with Christine her mother is the opposite of what it should be Rayona is more like the mother than Christine is and she often treats her mother better than she is treated This is only one of the many ways that Rayonas strong down to earth personality is shown It is ironic that she is named after Rayon one of the toughest materials because her character is as durable as the material Owens 359 Christine is the opposite of her daughter she would rather be entertained than to work Besides Christines childishness she also has problems with her mother At the beginning of her story she describes herself as the bastard daughter of a woman who wouldnt even admit she was my mother Dorris 129 This quotation sums up her entire relationship with Ida her mother Throughout Christines story Ida is constantly criticizing
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