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Master of Arts (MA)




The Native American is a character often stereotyped in literature. However, two authors, one a Native American himself, and the other, a European American or white man, depict the American Indian in a personal but objective manner. To understand these two separate works, House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday, a Kiowa Indian, or When the Legends Die by Hal Borland, it is imperative to understand Native American culture and the problems which confront that culture. There is a basic conflict between the Native American and the Euro-American views of the universe and man's place in that universe. By analyzing this conflict in these two novels, it is possible to illustrate how and why alienation manifest itself in the two main characters.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1981 Erin B. Murphy Rinaker.