The Soft Hearted Sioux Summary


The soft-hearted Sioux presents the transformation of a boy from a soft-hearted person to a cold man when he confronts the traditions of his tribe against Christy. The boy left home to a mission school where he learned about Christ and became more and more accustomed to the white man’s culture. 

When he returned to his tribe, the boy found that many things had changed and he no longer fit in. The Sioux Indians were at war with the whites and redskins were constantly getting killed. The protagonist participates in a raid against the white people and kills a woman and her child. This event changes him and makes him more like his fellow warriors.

The Sioux Indians are a proud and fierce people. They are constantly at war with the white people and their way of life is very different from that of the whites. The protagonist is a young boy who is caught in between two cultures. He is torn between his loyalty to his tribe and his new found love for the white man’s culture.

The book is set in the 1800s and it gives a good insight into the way the Sioux Indians lived. It also shows how their way of life changed when they started to come into contact with the white people.

At first I thought he departed home against his parents’ wishes because they wanted him to marry earlier. When I viewed the film, I understood it was the white people who compelled them to school in order to “civilise” them. But when he got back, the first thing he had to deal with was the fact that his father was dying.

In the end, even though his father died, he was still happy because he got a new understanding about life and death from his experience.

The Sioux people have a long and proud history. They are known for their fierce warrior spirit and their love of nature. The Sioux were driven from their homeland by the US government in the late 1800s and forced to live on reservations. Many Sioux people were unhappy with this situation and fought back against the government.

One of the most famous Sioux warriors was Sitting Bull. Sitting Bull was a fierce warrior who fought against the US government in several battles. He was eventually killed by US troops, but his spirit lives on in the Sioux people.

Ishaq was a Muslim Chieftain from Africa who attempted to convert his people to Christianity. He only wanted to spread the word of God amongst his people. Unfortunately, although he tried to convert the warriors, people considered the white Bible useless and treated him as a traitor.

He felt guilty after failing to heal his father and provide him food, so he decided to search for meat. Though he found meat, his father had died before he could bring it home, and thus he ended up in prison for animal slaughtering. He didn’t know where he belonged until death confronted him. When I read the passage, I was impressed with how personification is employed.

For example, it is personified that “the sun was beating down on him”. This makes the story more vivid and real. Also, the author uses a lot of metaphors to describe the feelings of the protagonist. For example, when he was depressed, “the wind howled in his ears”. This not only describes his feelings but also creates a feeling of loneliness.

When I first read the title, “The Soft-Hearted Sioux”, I thought it would be a story about a kind-hearted Native American who tries to help his tribe but is misunderstood. However, after reading the passage, I realized that the title might have a different meaning.

The protagonist is soft-hearted because he is too kind and doesn’t know how to defend himself. He is also Sioux, which might be a metaphor for being lost. The author might be trying to say that we should be careful of people who seem to be lost, because they might not be what they seem.

As an example, “my eyes swam in tears” means crying, and ” the sun went down in the west as still winds began to blow” The strong breath of winter coated the snow.” And ” wondering whether or not the high sky had similarly cut us off from our son of GOD.” The author characterized the wind, Winter, and sky as a person with emotions. He did as his father wanted him to do but he had to go to jail because he’d murdered animals.

The title is the soft-hearted Sioux because he had a good heart and wanted to do what his father wanted but he had to go to the jail.

The author, Zitkala-Ša, was a Native American writer, editor, translator, teacher, musician, and political activist. She is best known for her autobiographical works which record her experiences of growing up as a Dakota Sioux in the nineteenth century and attending boarding schools designed to assimilate Native Americans into mainstream Euro-American culture.

“The Soft-Hearted Sioux” is an autobiographical story that recounts Zitkala-Ša’s experience of being sent away to a white boarding school. The story focuses on the conflicts between Zitkala-Ša’s Dakota culture and the white culture she encounters at the boarding school. Zitkala-Ša is torn between the two cultures, and her feelings of alienation and isolation are palpable throughout the story.

The story opens with Zitkala-Ša describing her childhood in the Dakota Sioux tribe. She talks about how much she loved living in nature, running barefoot through the forest and playing with the animals. However, when she was eight years old, her father decided that she needed to go to a white boarding school in order to get an education.

Zitkala-Ša was reluctant to go to the boarding school, but she eventually agreed to go. At the school, she was subjected to a number of alienating and confusing experiences. The food was strange, the other students were often unkind, and she was constantly homesick. The only thing that kept Zitkala-Ša going was her desire to please her father and make him proud.

The author demonstrates the contrast in natures between “I” and “warriors” to illustrate that the little boy had been totally indoctrinated. He acquired the white people’s value system but rejected his own culture. It was a disaster for himself. As a Chinese student majoring in Korean, I need to understand Korean culture, literature, and value system.

I can not only read what the Korean people think about their own country,but also try to understand from the perspective of an outsider. In other words,I need to be like the little boy in the story, accept new values and try to identify with a new culture. However, it is not easy to do so.

There are always some clashes between my own value system and the one I am trying to learn. Just as the author said ,the little boy’s Sioux self was “hiding in ambush, ready to jump out at any time”(190), my Chinese self sometimes pops out unexpectedly when I am totally immersed in the Korean world. It is difficult for me to find a balance between the two cultures, but I think it is worth trying.

The author then goes on to say that the little boy’s tragedy lay in the fact that he had lost his cultural identity and that he could never find it again. I can understand this feeling very well. When I first came to Korea, I was fascinated by everything here and I wanted to be like a Korean. I changed my name, my way of thinking and even the way I spoke.

But after a while, I realized that no matter how hard I try, I can never be a Korean. I am always an outsider here, no matter how much I want to belong. Just like the little boy in the story, I will always have one foot in my own culture and one foot in the culture I am trying to adopt. And that is not a bad thing. It is through this process of cultural exchange that we can learn to understand and respect each other.


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