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Respond to a classmate. Do you agree with your classmate’s perspective? Why or why not? Be specific. What is the most convincing part of your classmate’s post? Why

Stephanie Mello

Week 3 Discussion Post


The character Tecumseh in


defines success as uniting Native Americans against white people to protect their land and people. Tecumseh realizes the white people are trying to separate Native Americans to turn them against each other, in an effort to unite Native Americans he says, “Brothers- We must be united; we must smoke the same pipe; we must fight each other’s battles; and more than all, we must love the Great Spirit: he is for us; he will destroy our enemies, and make all his red children happy.” (Hunter, 1823/2017, p. 486). This shows Tecumseh’s goal was to unite Native Americans in an effort to defeat the white people in an effort to protect his own people. Limitations from society this character faces due to his race are violence, being viewed as inferior, and dispute over land (from the white people). Tecumseh achieves success at first while attempting to unite of Native Americans. However, after loss of war his efforts were not successful, he ends up fighting alongside the British and is killed.

The character Zitkala-Sa in

The Soft-Hearted Sioux

defines success as being soft hearted (viewed killing as wrong) and focusing on Christianity. Limitations from society this character faces due to his race are family expectations for him to get married, become a warrior, and to follow their religion of the Great Spirit. The character achieves success when he is put to death since he is able to find the truth of religion, “Yet I wonder who shall come to welcome me in the realm of strange sight.” (Zitkala-Sa, 1901/2017, p. 665). This shows Zitkala-Sa believes he will find the truth of religion when he enters death. However, the character does not achieve success regarding the death of his father. In search of food for his ill father Zitkala-Sa goes against his morals and kills a man he stole cattle from. Zitkala-Sa turns himself in and is put to death for the crime.

Hunter, D. J. (2017).


In R. S. Levine, M. A. Elliot, S. M. Gustafson, A. Hungerford, & M. Loeffelholz (Eds.),

The norton anthology of american literature

(Shorter 9th ed.) (Vol 1., pp. 484-486). Norton. (Original work published 1823).

Zitkala-Sa. (2017).

The soft-hearted sioux.

In R. S. Levine, M. A. Elliot, S. M. Gustafson, A. Hungerford, & M. Loeffelholz (Eds.),

The norton anthology of american literature

(Shorter 9th ed.) (Vol 2., pp. 660-665). Norton. (Original work published 1901).

Word count: 401

April Rose Lee

Discussion 3


“The man who was almost a man” by Richard Wright is a fictional story where the main character Dave has a very different plot in life. It was a personal struggle with wanting to prove that he was a man “Ahm old enough to hava gun. Ahm seventeen. Almost a man. Shucks, a man oughta hava little gun aftah he done worked all day (Wright, 1961).” As a 17-year-old, he felt treated like a boy by his fellow field workers and his abusive parents, who belittled him. His conflict had nothing to do with his race. Instead, he becomes obsessed with purchasing a gun, which in his eyes entitled him to be considered a man. He ultimately acquires this treasured gun by conning his mother into the money to buy it. Gun ownership is his key to manhood, and the consequences of obtaining this gun backfire on him. He carelessly kills his employer’s mule, a mule that he was fond of “N Pa says he’s gonna beat me… He remembered other beatings, and his back quivered. Naw, flaw, Ah sho don wan im beat me the way no mo. Dam em all! Nobody ever gave him anything. All he did was work. They treat me like a mule, n then they beat me (Wright, 1961).” The story ends with Dave stowing away on a train, and even as painful as the experience, he still has his gun and is now a man.

In the nonfictional “Tecumseh’s speech to the Osages” is a powerful response to the colonists of the early 1800’s heinous acts towards the Native Americans. Tecumseh, a great Shawnee Chief, pleas to the Osages to unite with the other Native Americans to cease white settlement. His compelling and convincing words draw upon what they have in common “We all belong to one family; we are all Children of the Great Spirit (Tecumseh, 2004).” His persuasive appeal to other tribes will ultimately be defined by the success of all tribes unifying and defeating the Americans from westward expansion. Tecumseh emphasizes the need for the tribes to come together to defeat the Americans “My people are brave and numerous; but the white people are to strong for them alone. I wish you to take up the tomahawk with them. If we all unite, we will cause the rivers to stain the great waters with their blood (Tecumseh, 2004).” Without this unification, the white man will destroy them. Whether or not he achieved success in his efforts to end American expansion is not what measures his personal success. He was relentless and dedicated to his cause which was the unification of tribes. His speech is a perfect example of his unwavering effort to defeat the white man. While reading this speech, I could picture a strongly built Native American almost yelling his words to his audience.



Chief Tecumseh’s. (2004). History Is a Weapon. Tecumseh’s speech to the Osages. Retrieved June 20, 2022, from http://hiaw.org/defcon1/tecumosages.html

Wright, R. (1961). The man who was almost a man wright.pdf. Retrieved June 20, 2022, from https://southinblackandwhite.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/the-man-who-was-almost-a-man.pdf

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