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Peyote the Religion Chal the main character was born into a time and place where his culture was being destroyed His blood is not pure Osage mixed with white but the Indian blood is powerful inside him The blood that runs through him takes him to days of the past days lost heritage lost role models lost and a dying culture Chal is a perfect example of a lost sole Throughout this book Sundown by John Joseph Mathew Chal is faced with choices Challenges may be the right word though His father John named him Chal short for challenge He shall be a challenge to the disinheritors of his people Pg 4 Maybe his name led his life in other directions and challenges were to fill his life In his choices he is torn between the mixed bloods that are running through him The Indian blood and culture in the expanding dominating white mans society Chal is filled with confusion it the theme of the book and his character He represents that generation of turmoil The transition to white America through his euro-american education and loss of the warrior role has clouded his mind The novel starts with Chal as a young child daydreaming of fighting the English He is a General a warrior leading the charge and then giving an inspirational speech to his men Chal knows only the stories of the past going on hunts and wars against England The wars against England taught to him by his father He knows nothing of the roles of the future because his culture has no role models of Eastern white dominated society to come He hasnt grown up with the Eastern white society role models Chal sees his father trying to be a businessman and he enjoys listening to that kind of talk throughout his life It may be because his father is the only role model he has seen For the most
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