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In the novel Ceremony the author Leslie Marmon Silko depicts a central theme that states in order for someone to truly understand themselves they need to understand their culture They need to understand where their ancestors come from and the aspects that make them whole The concept of understanding yourself becomes especially important in Native American societies where there is a lot of outside pressure to assimilate into white mans society By being able to understand your culture you are able to learn more about yourself help the community and stay closer to your family All three of these aspects are important to understanding yourself In Ceremony Tayo returns from the war a changed man He has seen and done things that no man should ever have to witness Tayo begins to see his friends slowly slip into a black hole of depression using alcohol to ease their pain They begin to detest being Native American and they long to put their army uniforms back on and walk around like a white man they didnt ever want to give up the cold beer and the blond cunt Silko 42 When the men were dressed like white men they got respect Silko 42 Grandma decided that the white mans medicine was not helping Tayo so she sent him to a Native American doctor or medicine man Grandma believed that this medicine man could heal him traditionally using a ceremony even though he was a half breed Silko 54 which was Aunties concern During the long and arduous ceremony Tayo learned a lot about his culture He began to understand the stories and he saw their purpose in life By understanding his heritage he was able to understand where he had come from what it was like to be Native American what if felt like to touch a deers nose and spread speeds from place to place He learned what it was like to follow in his
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