The Round House takes place on a reservation teeming with overlapping family connections, connections that are even more important to the characters because of the small size of the Chippewa community and its strong national identity. Although the families in The Round House are well established, many of these families are not nuclear, and some are not even genetically linked.
Storytelling, Formality, and Writing Themes and Colors LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in The Round House, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work.
As characters in The Round House engage in religious and spiritual practices, they straddle two different traditions: At the round house, the community gathers for events like the annual summer powwow, where they perform dances in traditional regalia.
Some characters medicine people, in the Chippewa terminology like Mooshum and Randall practice traditional Chippewa medicine more fastidiously than others.
Randall and Mooshum clearly feel extremely connected to Chippewa religion, and they help other members engage in Chippewa spiritual practice. Catholicism, meanwhile, is also prominent in the community.
Unlike the tradition of Chippewa religion, Catholicism is a theology with strong ties European thought and culture, and Joe and his friends often mock Catholicism more explicitly than Chippewa religion, perhaps reacting to how Catholicism represents the European hegemony ruling order that they have grown up resisting.
Meanwhile, prior tothe Chippewa tribe was not allowed to practice their own religion, forcing them to disguise their traditional ceremonies as Bible studies and other Christian events.
Interestingly, however, Catholicism and Chippewa religion—which have been in conflict historically—do not seem to be especially in conflict for characters in the book.
Often these engagements with religion are not especially spiritual, and have more to do with convenience or opportunism than genuine faith. In other instances, these two religions offer differing outlooks that individuals combine or choose between in an earnest attempt to fulfill their spiritual needs.
When Joe is concerned by his dreams, for instance, he immediately decides to consult Mooshum, since Chippewa religion centers dreams in a way that Catholicism does not. On the other hand, when Joe goes to see Father Travis, hoping to learn to shoot a gun, Father Travis tells Joe about the Catholic understanding of how good inevitably comes out of evil, giving him perspective on his impending decision to kill Linden.
Erdrich also shows how people use religion practically in their everyday lives—both for genuine spiritual practice, and as a kind of cultural currency that can be used for personal gain. Erdrich, who seems to have a high tolerance for this kind of unsacred treatment of religion, appears to be implying that religion, rather than an unapproachable, homogenous monolith, should be a cultural institution which people actively question and shape.
Catholicism appears in each Chapter of The Round House. How often theme appears:Theme As we just discussed, one major theme in this poem is growing up and gaining independence.
The parents are teaching and helping their daughter to mature and grow up into an adult. She begins to get stronger, a little at a time.
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