Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Bruce P. Baker
N. Scott Momadays novel, House Made Of Dawn, is built around the framework of the curative aspects of the Navajo ceremonial, the Night Chant. Understanding of the theme of the novel is broadened by reading it in terms of the Night Chant ritual: both concern a recurring symbolic removal of evil and a subsequent acquisition of grace. Similarly, character development, plot, and structure of the novel parallel aspects of the ceremonial. Abel's alienation episodes reflect those of the ceremonial Visionary; the stages composing Abel's search for identity are similar to the mythic episodes of the ceremonial Visionary; the stages composing Abel's search for identity are similar to the mythic episodes of the ceremonial Visionary in his search for independence and self-awareness; and, finally, the four major divisions of House Made of Dawn parallel the first four days activities of the Night Chant.
Illingworth, Ronald D., "Carriers of the dream wheel myth and ceremony in N. Scott Momaday's" House Made of Dawn" and Leslie Marmon "Silko's Ceremony"." (1980). Student Work. 3495.
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