Diamond Island: Alcatraz

Allisti Ti-Tanin-Miji (Rock Rainbow)

by Darryl Babe Wilson


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1. What is the time period and how does it affect the literary style?

The events is when The Native Americans were rounded of to Alcatraz. Some were sent to other places. Some were throwned over sea to be killed. Many were killed. This style is narrative. When the story was told it was about 1975. The granfather is telling his grandson how his mother and grandmother and himself swam across the bay to be free.

2. What is the author's purpose in writing the selected piece?

The purpose of the story is that the author is teaching the story of Alcatraz before it became the United State Penitentiary. How the american thought the island was theirs. the Native american thought that the Island belong to them. in someway it does belong to the native americans because they were here before anyone els did.

3. What literary techniques does the author employ in achieving his or her purpose?

It uses the form of the symbolism. The U.S Army thought that the island had a diamond. They thought that because the Native Americans told a story about a diamond on the island. That it reflected many colors from the diamond. That it was not jewelry, it was something more. That if you take it away from the island you loose the truthness of yourself. The diamond represented truth.

4. How is the literature characteristic of the time period?

It shows that the real truth of Alcatraz was hidden. That like the diamond, the truth will be hidden. How they pretade the dimond to be better than a jewery, it will become the thruth.
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Section 1
1. The Earth on Turtle's Back 2. When Grizzlies Walked Upright 3. from The Navajo Origin Legend 4. from The Iroquois Constitution
Section 2
1. A Journey Through Texas 2. Boulders Taller Than the Great Tower of Seville 3. from The interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano 4. Diamond Island: Alcatraz
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