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Windows to the Soul Many Characters in the novel Grand Avenue by Greg Sarris are wearing masks Masks that conceal themselves and their culture in an attempt to fit into the world that has enveloped their history and stifled their heritage The key to these masks is the eyes The eyes of the characters in the novel tell stories The dispair of the Native Americans is first shown in The Magic Pony when Jasmine the voice of the story describes her Aunt Fayes eyes Her eyes looked dark and motionless like she was seeing something she didnt want to see and couldnt look away from p4 Faye like many inhabitants of the novel seems helplessly focused on the sordid history of her family and the poison that seems to infect their very souls She is obsessed to the point of madness and this poison is best described by Jasmine when she comes upon Faye the morning of Fayes decision to create order out of the chaos that has been her life I realized talking about it was useless when I saw her eyes The fearful person I had seen behind her bright eyes the past few weeks had come out now she was that person She had told stories to save herself - now she was telling them to excuse herself Hatred Jealousy Anger Evil All I had seen in my mothers and my aunts eyes at different times were here in Fayes p 23-24 After doing her best to fight the poison that curses her family she finally succumbs Jasmine describes her cousin Rubys eyes as being a million miles away p7 But when Rubys mind is set on saving the pony her determination comes shining brightly through Her eyes were like a pair of headlights on the highway staring straight ahead zooming past me p18 Ruby
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