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When the Legends Die

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Suggested Essay Topics

Writing Help Suggested Essay Topics

What role does Blue Elk's character play in the novel? What similarities does he have with Tom given their shared Ute background? What symbolic significance does Blue Elk's character have?

How do Tom's parents continue to shape his beliefs and behaviors, even after their deaths? In what context or what form do they appear in later parts of the novel?

What is the significance of the appearance of the All-Mother? How does this appearance mark the climax of the novel, and how does it permanently change Tom?

What sort of social commentary does Borland make in When the Legends Die? What message does he attempt to convey to his readers about the state of Native Americans in the United States at the time of the novel's setting?

Explain the symbolic significance of colors in When the Legends Die. What do the individual colors represent?