Done by: Sheikha S Al.Mahboub
Wala'a F Al-Ahmad
By: Gerald Vizenor
The Author’s Biography:
Full name: Gerald Robert Vizenor.
Date & Place of birth: 1934, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
He is a Native American writer, and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth reservation.
Vizenor taught for many years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was director of Native American Studies.
He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico.
Elements of the story:
1) Narrative technique: The story is written in the third person, omniscient narrator.
Almost Brown (Round Character, Protagonist).
Drain Almost’s best friend (Round Character).
The White Society/the City (Antagonist).
Almost’s parents (Round Character).
Wolfe Wight, the reservation medical doctor (Flat Character).
Exposition: at the reservation, when Almost's parents got married.
Complication: started when Almost was born in the back seat of a beat up reservation car almost on the White Earth Indian Reservation.
Rising Action: He moved to the city to start being independent.
Climax (Turning Point): He faced a strike rejection from the society when he was in the city.
Falling Action: Almost did not break down in front of these cruel circumstances; he bravely continued to accomplish his passion and achieve his goal.
Resolution: Almost and his friend succeeded in publishing an over seized blank books, and started a blank book bookshop on the reservation.
4) Style: The story was written by using a simple language.
5) Theme: there are several themes in this story such as: racism, education, imagination, and identity.