Done by: Sheikha S Al.Mahboub

Wala'a F Al-Ahmad

 

"Almost Browne"

By: Gerald Vizenor

 

The Authors Biography:

Ÿ  Full name: Gerald Robert Vizenor.

Ÿ  Date & Place of birth: 1934, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Ÿ  He is a Native American writer, and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth reservation.

Ÿ  Vizenor taught for many years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was director of Native American Studies.

Ÿ  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.

2) Characters:

Ÿ  Almost Brown (Round Character, Protagonist).

Ÿ  Drain Almosts best friend (Round Character).

Ÿ  The White Society/the City (Antagonist).

Ÿ  Almosts parents (Round Character).

Ÿ  Wolfe Wight, the reservation medical doctor (Flat Character).

3) Plot:

Ÿ  Exposition: at the reservation, when Almost's parents got married.

Ÿ  Complication: started when Almost was born in the back seat of a beat up reservation car almost on the White Earth Indian Reservation.

Ÿ  Rising Action: He moved to the city to start being independent.

Ÿ  Climax (Turning Point): He faced a strike rejection from the society when he was in the city.

Ÿ  Falling Action: Almost did not break down in front of these cruel circumstances; he bravely continued to accomplish his passion and achieve his goal.

Ÿ  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.