Violence against Women in The Round House discussion

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While Geraldine’s attack is at the center of this novel, Erdrich explores different types of violence against other female characters. For example, she shows violence against Mayla in two ways: abuse from the governor of South Dakota and murder at the hands of Linden. Sonja is the victim of abuse in two ways as well. Joe and his friends treat her as a sexual object due to her past, and she is the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of Whitey. Her story also suggests a history of violent relationships. Linda is neglected as an infant and harassed by her birth mother and brother. While Joe and Bazil are seeking justice for Geraldine, do any of these other women achieve justice? What do these differing portrayals of violence and abuse against women in the novel suggest about our culture? Craft your response in the form of a fully developed paragraph, at least 5 sentences in length.

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Violence against Women in the Round House
Louis Erdrich covers many themes in The Round House, one of them, which is the
vulnerability of the Native American women in reservations. Female characters (Mayla, Sonja,
and Geraldine) suffer both physical and sexual violence (Erdrich, 2012). Mayla who is an
underage before being killed by Linden suffers sexual abuse from the Curtis Yeltow when he
tries to manipulate her into keeping silent about the baby. Joe and his friends are indoctrinated
with a problematic sense of entitlement to women and sexualize Sonja in degrading and
dehumanizing ways. Also, Sonja suffers physical violence from Whitey, a fact that is known in
the entire Joe’s family but ignores this form of violence. Geraldine is also a victim of sexual and
emotional abuse from L...

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