Erdrich frequently refers to Fleur’s sexuality and her good looks, beginning with her description of Fleur’s drowning. Fleur’s interactions with the waterman/spirit. Fleur. Louise Erdrich Introduction Author Biography Plot Summary Characters Themes Style Historical Context Critical Overview Criticism Sources. Fleur. 1. Louise ErdrichBy: Trey NationAnd Lindsey Foster ; 2. Louise ErdrichBorn on June 7th, Was.

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The game continues night after night, and each time Fleur wins exactly one dollar. Fleur’s choices ensure the continuation loise the Pillager clan and its powers, however marginalized they may appear to be fleug Erdrich’s other three novels.

By the end of the novel, the Pillager land is lost to the logging company; although, Fleur has a moment of great irony when she saws the tree trunks so that with the right amount of wind, they will all fall over in a circle.

Want to Read saving…. It is through Nanapush that Erdrich captures the act of Indian storytelling. The stylistic devices of repetition and parallelism, employed as early as page 2 of the novel, work to create tension, balance, and symmetry in the words of Nanapush. Also, in her introduction loouise this book, Allen states, “Traditional tribal lifestyles are more often gynocratic than not, and they are never patriarchal” 2.

Pulling up a chair without being invited, she asks if she can join their game of cards.

Fleur | Introduction & Overview

As the community is eroded from without—by white man’s venality—and from within, even Fleur must realize that “power goes under and gutters out. The fictional prototype of this “story-backed old man” is Erdrich’s narrator, Nanapush. In fact, despite the fact that they are butchers, the men are continually compared to the meat and livestock, while the women are the ones sharpening knives, carrying packets, and boiling heads.


It is not clear that all of these things are true or that Fleur is single-handedly responsible for all that happens. Fleur Pillager is a strange girl with a connection to the spirit world after she had drowned twice. Several times in the novel, Fleur nearly loses her life to both of these elements. Some reviewers believed they saw in The Antelope Wife the anguish Erdrich must have felt as her marriage crumbled, but she has stated that she is unconscious of having mirrored any real-life events.

While Fleur’s identification as bear-like or wolf-like strongly links her to the earth and while the bear and the wolf make tracks, or leave their imprint on the earth like Fleur does, she is also tied just as strongly with water as is the entire Pillager clan.

Felur stories range erdirch length from 4, words “Snares” to about 6, “Fleur” —an “average” length for short stories. The outcomes are very different, however: The situation at Kozka’s Meats is somewhat like a battle between the sexes, in which Fleur, Pauline, and Fritzie have their own methods of dealing with a brutish, dangerous group of men.

As much as it is about Fleur and her Chippewa sexuality, however, “Fleur” is also about the narrator Pauline, who becomes another of Erdrich’s most important figures in the Chippewa saga.

Lily falls into the sow’s pen, and the sow attacks him. Although Erdrich is a poet and nonfiction writer as well, her most prominent work involves episodes from the lives of several Chippewa families whose roots are in the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota.

Introduction & Overview of Fleur

I suppose that when you grow up constantly hearing the stories rise, break and fall, it gets into you somehow. Fleur’s strength is tested repeatedly in the novel, especially when she loses her second born, a son, in childbirth. Two years later, Dorris killed himself, an event that likely influenced Erdrich’s novel The Antelope Wife.


Pauline emphasizes that old men talk about the story over and over but, in the end, “only know that they don’t know anything. The story is narrated alternately by two survivors of those plagues: Several loujse her short stories have been selected for O.

In a single day Erdrich drafted the story of a family reunion “with events, but no conversation or details. Along with this trickster figure, there is other evidence in wrdrich novel that Erdrich is interested in preserving and presenting Chippewa cultural tradition to her audience. We had no other words about it—it just appeared there. Like other Plains Native Americans, they were gradually driven off their indigenous land by expanding Americans of European decent.

Erdrich’s tetralogy is comprised of chapters narrated by different speakers. Erdrich went out for a long walk.

Fleur by Louise Erdrich

And the tribal backbone extends through ancestors who carry history in their bodies” KL, She interrupted her work on the story cycle to draft the novel in six weeks. Cassidy rated it really liked it Jun 10, A tribe of pressed trees. For the bear was considered quasi-human, in anatomy, erect carriage, cradling of young with the forearms … shows of intelligence, inclination to moderate conduct despite great physical strength.

She blends louie the walls, or “melt[s] back to nothing” as though she is a part of the furniture, and she knows about everything that goes on at Kozka’s Meats, including Fleur’s rape.

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