Winter in the Blood Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. At the beginning of the book, how does the narrator feel about his life?

At the beginning of the book, the narrator feels no love or affection toward the members of his family. He doesn't get along with them and has a problem relating to other people in general. He also seems to think his life is relatively pointless.

2. At the beginning of the book, how does the grandmother feel about the girl the narrator has brought home, and why?

At the beginning of the book, the grandmother hates the girl that the narrator has brought home. She frequently thinks about killing her because she is Cree, the enemies of the Blackfeet. The grandmother still lives in the past.

3. When the narrator goes fishing in Chapter Three, what is significant about the color of the river?

When the narrator goes fishing, he thinks the water is milky because of the sugar beet factory that closed down. There are no fish in the river, and this contributes to the idea that the reservation is an undesirable place to live.

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