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The Plague of Doves
by Erdrich, Louise
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1. Spirtuality is a powerful theme in the book. What might be the symbolic meaning og the doves? Do you see them as Christian messengers, or (given that they're not white) do they represent a Chippewa heaven?

2. You might talk about the different kinds of spirituality as they compete for the human soul. Also, think about how sexuality is treated differently in the Chippewa and Christian religios traditions.

3. Another theme is the land-the Chippewa's ties to and identification with the land and their dispossession from it. Despite her dreams of Paris, Evelina comes to understand that her identity is tied up with her tribe's loss of their land.

4. Storytelling is a structural device Erdich uses in the novel as a way to bind past and present- as well as a way to evoke Chippewa traditions and way of life. Do the stories enlarge your understanding og the novel or do you feel they are a distraction? Or what?

5. How does your understanding of Mooshum change the end of the book?

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