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English 1A

Y. Maharaj

July 16, 2007

Outsiders

Abel, from Momaday’s House Made of Dawn, and Bone, from Allison’s Bastard Out of Carolina are both consider outsiders in their society. That is because they are both different from the rest of the people in their society. They both have experience things that those in their society have not which change them into something that is different. With Bone, almost everything about her makes her different. Since her birth, she was different from the rest because she was established as a bastard. While Bone’s difference started when she was born, Abel’s difference started after he had came back from the war. The life that he had once live with his grandfather Francisco was different from the one that he had experience when he was in the city. This change from the city life back to the reservation life was what made Abel feel like an outsider in his society.

Since Bone’s birth she was different. Everything in her life changed because she was born a bastard. She was treated differently due to this. Daddy Glen probably picked her to mess around with because he probably thought that she was different from Reese. Reese actually had a legitimate father and loving grandmother while Bone had no one but her mother and the Boatwrights. Daddy Glen’s treatment made Bone feel even more like an outsider to everyone else because she was the only one who was being treated badly by Daddy Glen. Daddy Glen’s resentment towards Bone makes her feel like she was not part of the family. He does not acknowledge her presence sometimes and just outright ridicules everything she does most other times. It seems that everything that happens to Bone only makes her feel more isolated from the rest.

Another difference that Bone has from her society is that her physical appearance is different than that of her family. The Boatwright women usually have blond hair with eyes that had a golden touch to them. Bone had black hair and no golden touch in her eyes. When she saw this, she knew that she was different. Bone’s appearance wasn’t the only thing that made her different.

Her attitude was also different from those of Boatwright females. Bone acts like a boy. She hangs out with the boys and carries knife like the boys. Bone was just different from the rest. When she got into religion, none of her family member would join in with her. Daddy Glen thinks that it is foolish of mama to not stop her. Mama didn’t really support Bone in the beginning until after a while and Uncle Earle just did not want to believe in any religion anymore because too many unfortunate events happened to him, which he blamed on religion. Things just do not seem to go good for Bone at all.

As she and Reese start to drift apart, Bone becomes even more of an “outsider.” When she was little she uses to have Reese to talk to. Reese was her only companion that would help comfort her by talking and playing with her when she needed someone to lean on in the family. This changes as Reese grows older. Reese and Bone starts to become more like rivals than allies. When it seems that Bone would never be able to come together socially, Bone is able to sort of come back a little bit. Whenever Mama needs a favor or just wants Bone out of the house and out of Daddy Glen’s way, she sends Bone to one of her aunt. Through this Bone is able to have the opportunity to generate a relationship with her aunts.

When Aunt Ruth got sick, Bone was asked by her mother to watch after her. Bone did not really like it, but she could not refuse her mother’s favor so she decided to go and take care of Aunt Ruth to give her Uncle Travis some extra time. When Bone goes to Aunt Ruth’s house, she and Aunt Ruth are able to talk freely and reminiscent about the past. Also, when they also talk about why Daddy Glen hates Bones, Aunt Ruth was very understanding of Bones situation, which made her feel more comfortable with Aunt Ruth. This time alone with Aunt Ruth allows Bone to create a connection between the two of them.

Aunt Ruth was not the only person that Mama sent Bone to. Mama also sent her to Aunt Raylene’s house. At Aunt Raylene’s house, Bone and Aunt Raylene are able to connect through the work that they share. At home, Bone is never appreciated. She is consider a bother and nuisance to Daddy Glen and she is the spark to Daddy Glen’s anger to Mama, but when Bone is at Aunt Raylene’s house Bone more valued. To Aunt Raylene, Bone is “the kind of girl that she likes.” Bone is praise for everything that she does for Aunt Raylene. This makes Bone feel like she is finally able to find a sense of belonging.

Bone is also able to bon with Uncle Earle because they are sort of alike. A part of that is because they both have the same color hair, which makes them both different from everyone in their family and because they both listen to each other. Uncle Earle listens to Bone when she needs someone to talk to and he always tries to understand her. With Uncle Earle, Aunt Ruth, and Aunt Raylene, Bone is able to find someone to become involve with. Even her own mother does not have a good relationship with her. Anney does not defend when Daddy Glen was beating her. Anney just waited on the other side of the door until the beating is over, and then tries to comfort Bone. She loves Bone, but she can’t risk her marriage so she always neglects Bone so that her marriage doesn’t fall apart.

It was hard for Bone to come together with her family because of her difference since her birth. For Abel, coming back together socially was hard because he had to try to adjust between two different cultures. Abel is consider an outcast because he does not fit in anywhere.

When Abel returned home from the city, he is can’t redevelop his relationship with his grandfather. Abel feels that if he and his grandfather revive their relationship then he would have to go back to living traditionally as a Native American. Since almost everyone in the reservation lives the Native American way, Abel is unable to get together with them because he views them as different from him.

To most people, Able is just another drunk. Even with his friends, he is still sort of an outsider. Abel is different from his friend, Ben because he cannot hold a job like Ben and when he drinks, he can’t control his temper. Usually, he would drink and laugh about it, but then later when he drinks, he just gets all droopy or angry.

Though Abel could not come to bond with anyone, he is finally able to, sort of, come back together with his society at the end when his grandfather dies. When Abel’s grandfather dies, he starts to feel a responsibility to his grandfather to carry on their tradition so he comes back to his native society. It was hard to transit from being an outcast to part of society again but Abel and Bone were both able to do it.

Bone was able to become more of a part of society because she learned to bond with anyone that was willing to give her the chance such as her Aunt Raylene, Aunt Ruth, and Uncle Earle. Abel had to experience a hardship before he could be part of his society again. These two characters show and prove that anyone could be a part of their society if they only took up the chance or accept their responsibility.

Work Cited

Momaday, N. Scott. House Made of Dawn. Pub. , 1999

Allison, Dorthy. Bastard out of . Pub. , 1993



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Hi, as this is your English assignment I won't correct it for you, but I will help out a little by highlighting the errors for you to fix in the first few paragraphs. Your main problems seem to be verb tenses and plurals. You should also try to reduce your repetition of the word different/difference as this is poor style.

Outsiders

Abel, from Momaday’s House Made of Dawn, and Bone, from Allison’s *** Out of Carolina are both consider outsiders in their society. That is because they are both different from the rest of the people in their society. They both have experience things that those in their society have not which change them into something that is different. With Bone, almost everything about her makes her different. Since her birth, she was different from the rest because she was established as a ***. While Bone’s difference started when she was born, Abel’s difference started after he had came back from the war. The life that he had once live with his grandfather Francisco was different from the one that he had experience when he was in the city. This change from the city life back to the reservation life was what made Abel feel like an outsider in his society.

Since Bone’s birth she was different. Everything in her life changed because she was born a ***. She was treated differently due to this. Daddy Glen probably picked her to mess around with because he probably thought that she was different from Reese. Reese actually had a legitimate father and loving grandmother while Bone had no one but her mother and the Boatwrights. Daddy Glen’s treatment made Bone feel even more like an outsider to everyone else because she was the only one who was being treated badly by Daddy Glen. Daddy Glen’s resentment towards Bone makes her feel like she was not part of the family. He does not acknowledge her presence sometimes and just outright ridicules everything she does most other times. It seems that everything that happens to Bone only makes her feel more isolated from the rest.

Another difference that Bone has from her society is that her physical appearance is different than that of her family. The Boatwright women usually have blond hair with eyes that had a golden touch to them. Bone had black hair and no golden touch in her eyes. When she saw this, she knew that she was different. Bone’s appearance wasn’t the only thing that made her different.

Her attitude was also different from those of Boatwright females. Bone acts like a boy. She hangs out with the boys and carries knife like the boys. Bone was just different from the rest. When she got into religion, none of her family member would join in with her. Daddy Glen thinks that it is foolish of mama to not stop her. Mama didn’t really support Bone in the beginning until after a while and Uncle Earle just did not want to believe in any religion anymore because too many unfortunate events happened to him, which he blamed on religion. Things just do not seem to go good for Bone at all.

As she and Reese start to drift apart, Bone becomes even more of an “outsider.” When she was little she uses to have Reese to talk to. Reese was her only companion that would help comfort her by talking and playing with her when she needed someone to lean on in the family. This changes as Reese grows older. Reese and Bone starts to become more like rivals than allies. When it seems that Bone would never be able to come together socially, Bone is able to sort of come back a little bit. Whenever Mama needs a favor or just wants Bone out of the house and out of Daddy Glen’s way, she sends Bone to one of her aunt. Through this Bone is able to have the opportunity to generate a relationship with her aunts.