The Painting of Language
Throughout House Made of Dawn Momaday forces the reader to see a clear distinction between how white people and Native Americans use language. Momaday calls it the written word, the white peopleís word, and the spoken word, the Native American word. The white peopleís spoken word is so rigidly focused on the fundamental meaning of each word that is lacks the imagery of the Native American word. It is
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emotion, their speech being monotonous and drab. Momaday stresses these points and I feel he has a right to show the revere with which Native Americans regard words and the inconsequence with which many white people view words. If the reader is willing to open their mindís eye to see the beautiful picture words can paint, Momaday has achieved what he wanted to, as well as brightening the life of that reader.