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Amber Hutchison Post Modern Fiction Indigo February 23 2000 People are born with passion The irony is that most people spend all their lives searching for that passion without looking inside that soul to the heart of the passion The trick to discovering that passion is to find what makes us happy For Indigo the main character of Sassafras Cypress and Indigo by her passion lies in the music she creates from her soul while using her violin as her tool From a modern literary criticism standpoint this passion is seen through her characterization and the symbolic use of the violin However in peeling back the layers and focusing on this story from a Post Modern standpoint the reader uncovers deeper issues There is a sense of discontinuity in the linear structure that leads to a discovery about the cultural issues in this story Indigo challenges the boundaries of her age and a society that struggles to find a place for her and her soul That is going under the assumption that there is a place Indigo did not tell her mother about Mr Lucas being so evil nor did she mention that her new fiddle could talkNorton 43 With in the first few lines of the story Indigos violin begins its transformation from merely and instrument to an extension of her soul Symbolically Indigos violin is representative of her soul With her violin Indigo pursues the passions of her soul as she struggles to find her place somewhere between childhood and womanhood Indigos mother begs her not to play the violin anymore at night because the neighbors complained about the awful noise She forces Indigo to take lessons or go somewhere else to play By rejection her violin her mother rejects the heart and soul of Indigo Only when she flees to Sister Marie Louises shed is she able to play her music and bare her soul to
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