A Yellow Raft in Blue Water
Many often encounter substantial barriers in communication due to a lack of perspective. Without different perspectives stories are one-sided and usually somewhat misconstrued. For example, Rayona’s interpretations of events differed from her mother’s view quite often, such as Christine’s drinking problem. Throughout the book, you are exposed to several events that without Ida’s, Christine’s, and Rayona’s perceptions, you would not be able to fully grasp the story, or how it came to be. All three of these strong female characters add important details that form the story as a whole. It is only when these three interpretations come together that you can see the entire drama for what it truly was. I believe this approach is very similar to American history in general, especially considering the native heritage and the large impact of the Vietnam War. In the middle of a conflict, or even for generations after, America often only knows one side of the story. Knowing only one side makes it easier to agree and sympathize with America. Similar to when the reader first begins the novel, only exposed to Rayona’s point of view. However, when other nation’s perspectives are fully revealed, especially in conflict, one can see the entire story and understand why certain decisions were made. Many American conflicts (and world conflicts for that matter) were due to a lack of perspective, which led to a gap in communication. This can be numerous times throughout the novel as the many conflicts between each of the characters were the result of a gap in communication. Often in history when conflicts arise, it is not until the end when all stories come together that we understand the reality and truth of the conflict. This is also the case in “A Yellow Raft in Blue Water.” It is not until the end of the book, when all the interpretations tie together that we see everything and its’ full impact. It is also not uncommon in historic conflicts for dark...
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