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The outsider looking in verses the insider looking out Is it possible to be a part of something and have no connection to it In the book Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko discusses how one can be a part of something but at the same time be viewed as an outsider Tayo the main character of the book has to deal with this conflict He was part white and part Native American He was raised into the Native American Customs however to the Native Americans as well as the whites he was considered and outsider They treated him as if he didnt belong to either group He was trying to fit in with both races without disrespecting the other He struggled to try to stay neutral and find balance between both worlds Tayo grew up with a lot of confusion in his life He had to deal with living his life on the hyphen He was half white and half Native American Due to the fact that these two groups didnt really get along it was hard for Tayo to truly feel like he was a part of both worlds Most people who deal with the problem of being a half breed or being of mixed races take the most significant aspects of each race and turn it into what I consider to be the hyphenated race This hyphenated race consists of people who are part of two or more different races These people take the most valuable or essential aspects of each culture and combine them into one creating their own unique culture It was hard for Tayo to determine where he belonged because even though he was half white the real white people treated him as if he was fully Indian On the other hand the Native Americans treated Tayo as if he wasnt a part of them but of the white culture Instead of Tayo
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