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It does not seem hard to understand the basic theme that is present in On the Amtrak from Boston to New York City by Sherman Alexie Many Native Americans today are forced to assimilate into the American culture leaving behind their traditions and values in order to be successful in America If they do not become Americanized many Native Americans struggle to survive on reservations Sherman Alexie portrays the bitterness for having to put his traditions aside perfectly in my mind Although I will never receive the treatment the he or his ancestors have I can still understand his pain He is being forced to be someone he is not which everyone has to do at some point in his or her life It is not easy for a person who considers himself a full-blooded American to relate to a Native American who lives in a country that is full of people whos ancestors basically wiped out your entire civilization I can understand what he is going through somewhat He is stuck in this country this is his home weather he likes it or not Obviously things will never be like they were before the first settlers landed The setting of the poem an Amtrak train for Boston to New York I believe is very significant The New England Area especially by Walden Pond in Massachusetts is near where the firsts settlers land It is the site of our civilizations beginning and the Native American civilizations end It was the site of the beginning of the end for the natives of what today is the Untied States of America Its one of the biggest tragedys the world has ever seen Some their traditions however are still possessed by todays Native Americans They are however being threatened by todays culture which is dominated by material items Many Native Americans are leaving the reservations and some of their traditions behind in search of jobs to support themselves
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