20 October 2019
Unfolded parable in dawn Dumont The way of the sword
The way of the Sword is a short story about some serious issues like bullying and stereotyping in which, Dawn Dumont, the author, appears to be straightforward, and tells the story of younger girl named Dawn and how a comic book character-Canon extremely beloved by her and how she relate him like his mentor in every situation of her life. (Dawn, 14-15). The reason, she highly admired Conan because his story reflects the story of native people.
Dawn Dumonts story the way of sword demonstrates his ironic approach and allows the reader to be aware of native younger girls life which was full of challenges in a comic way.
Early in the story, the narrator tells us about the Conans perspective about girls what type of ladies he like and or not. An example of this, his girlfriends was warrior like him; he had no place in his life for little skinny cheeks that didnt even know how to defend themselves.
Whatsover, the irony is shown in the paragraph when it tells about once he fallen in love with pirate queen belt ultimately as I read it. The queen or princess seems beautiful elegant and are with skinny little cheeks; but Conan fell in love with a queen who cant be warrior like other indigenous women so, it clearly contradicts the upper statement and irony is proved (dawn 17-18).
Throughout the story, the reader is led to believe that the dawn will fight and chose to be a strong warrior as Conan. However, a situation is originate in the last few paragraphs when it is exposed that dawn changed their mind after her cousin Fredas lecture in which she said you girls shouldnt be fighting,(dawn 29-30). Because in Fredas eyes, it was like a foolish, one of numerous that would participate themselves out on that avenue that night. At that moment, Dawn switch from an idea of being a warrior like Conan to need someone who can peacefully handle the situation and defeated his enemy with goals rather than using swords (dawn 28-29)
One day some girls in the class decided to punish the boys and said to dawn you are tough, dawn. Go beat up Matt; hes being mean to us, (dawn 18-19). because, here dawn observe that they feels that the Cimmerian blood circulating all the way through my veins or it is just because earlier native girls used to punish them. Gradually, however, the reality was I had never conflict with anyone expect my family. But at that time she realizes it can be shameful to step back as I am Cimmerian then she thought of what would Conan do?(Dawn 19) some might claim that this is evidence which suggest that dawn was highly obsessed by the Conan. But I argue that, on the contrary, it suggests that she was not stable towards Conans character as she continuously changes her mind according to the situation. For example, firstly she influenced by Gandhi, that how he carried the Englishmans to their knees without even fight. Then she turned to their parents philosophy regarding fight. She tried to go with their mothers techniques but they didnt go with her problems. So, after she switch to her fathers ideas that how he fought during his school time (dawn 22-23).
In conclusion, the way of the sword is effectively a story about a young girl who Always tries to solve her real life problem in the same way as Conan did, in last she changed her mind from what would Conan do, to what would Wayne Gretzky do? One of the things that make the technique of the sword so persuasive is the manner the setting as well as characters works simultaneously to create the final affects. This story was full of incredible irony that made the story fascinating and kept the group of listeners belief one thing may occur, yet at last changing things up and having the inverse happen. In last, something contrary to what is accepted to happen occurs. The way of the sword clearly demonstrates the two different kind of irony, verbal and situational. These two ironic situations work in the same way to build an outstanding portrayal of dawns real life challenges.
Dawn, Dumont. “The Way of the Sword” in Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous stories from Turtle Island. Ed. Sophie McCall, Deanna Reder, David
Gaertner, and Gabrielle L’Hirondelle Hill. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University