The book is set during the American Civil War, in 1863. The protagonist is a young soldier; a lieutenant of the Union Army posted at the western frontier and the relationship he forges with the indigenous people living there…
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At the outset, the reader is given a glimpse of the character of the protagonist. When, in an attempt to commit suicide, Dunbar rides his horse into battle, he has the courage to face death head on and to stand his ground on the battle field. 1863. The war is at a deadlock. Soldiers, exhausted, are taking a momentary respite from the hard day of battle. Lieutenant Dunbar, gains consciousness, to find himself on the operating table with severe injuries, next in line to have his leg amputated. Dunbar shows immense courage when he decides to put on his boots and stumble back to the battlefield. He feels disillusioned, frustrated and helpless. “He had raised his arms in a final gesture of farewell to this life…. He had only wanted to die.”1 However, fate and his skill with a horse ensure that he twists and weaves through the enemy lines unscathed. He holds his ground on the battlefield and charges upon line after line of confederate soldiers. Upon seeing this, the morale of the union army is boosted and they charge the field resulting in victory. Dunbar is branded a hero and decorated. Arriving at Fort Sedgewick, a deserted outpost, near Indian country, Dunbar showed courage, bravery, and a strong sense of duty by choosing to remain when many would have turned back. Dunbar as a reward chose to be posted at the western frontier. ...
He forgot that he was completely naked; neither clothes nor a weapon to protect him, he bellowed at the enemy.2 When he met the rest of the natives (Wind in His Hair) too, he rushed forward fearlessly without any regard to his safety3 or any danger to his life thereby earning the respect of the Sioux tribe. He was surrounded by the Sioux tribe where he was putting up. The tribe tried to intimidate him by attempting to steal his horse and scare. To this Dunbar thought that he needs to have a dialogue with the tribe and sets out to see them, and in the way comes across a tribal woman who was injured. He took her to her tribal house, and in the amazement of everyone around they changed their perception about him and welcomed him. After having praised the tribe with his deeds he starts to live with the tribe on a permanent basis. He begins to build a rapport with the tribe and slowly engages himself in the culture of the tribe. He really appreciates the way the tribe is living and falls in love with the whole way of living which involves simplicity and humility unseen in those days in America. He becomes hero within the tribe when he locates a migrating herd of Buffalo and participates in the hunt. He is given the status of an honoured guest in the tribe and the people love him for helping them hunt the herd of Buffalo for their hunger needs. While at his stay in the tribe, he falls in love with Stands with a Fist and gets the approval of her father to marry her, and while doing so he abandons his fort for ever. He is given the name “Dances with Wolves” when he was chasing Two Socks and the Sioux were observing his move while he was through the act of
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Speaking about the buffalo, Dunbar attempts to show -- through acting or imitation as if he is a buffalo -- to the Indian chief of what he is talking about. Evidently, Dunbar and Kicking Bird belong to different ethnic identities, which become, in the process, an obstacle for them to clearly and directly exchange thoughts.
He dresses himself and horse rides in a suicidal route in front of the confederate picket line, yet somehow not only survives death but becomes a hero since he acted as diversion for a federal attack. He is told to choose his assignment and he picks to see prairie before it is all gone and posted to the Dakotas (Monroe 44).
While talking of these ideas in the context of the poetry of Blake, it is important that one looks at the different methods and literary devices that he employs for conveying them to the reader and the viewer (his poems were mostly engravings that were accompanied by paintings).
Both of them are based on ethno-racial conflict between the Red Indians and the Native Americans who had been in vogue in the then US socio-cultural establishment since it had been the central idea of many literary pieces and movies during nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Everyday social interaction therefore leads to emergence of multiple relationships between multiple unique individuals in a diverse human society. The author uses the family institution to illustrate various relationships within the native Indian society.
The red wolf range included southeastern United States.
Slowly and steadily European settlement increased in the ranges of wolf habitat and which in turn resulted in frequent interactions between wolves and humans. These interactions had a negative impact on the population of wolves and played a major part in the declining of their species in the region.
Instead of displaying a situation in which an arrogant US Army officer goes into a far Western post with the expectation of fighting Native Americans and showing little respect to their way of life, the films main character
Lieutenant Dunbar appears to be going through hard times to an extent of wanting to take away his life. If Dunbar was living a good life as a soldier, why would he even cherish the idea of suicide?
The theme of loneliness is evident when Dunbar reaches Dakota. In
The story revolves around Dunbar who becomes stranded in a military post in the American frontier where he was confronted with a group of Lakota Indians. This film is not only noted because it was extremely well projected by a first time director, but also the film has delved on various themes that are so much important for the Americans in this age.
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