Too Good To Be True

February 20, 2012 § Leave a comment


In The essay “Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit,” Leslie Marmon Silko described every woman’s perfect world; a world of equality, beauty, and true kindness lacking all of the evils in our modern day world. Is this too good to be true? In reality, yes this story is way too good to be true. Or is this reality just how we were raised to believe the norm is? I personally believe that this story told by Silko’s grandmother is symbolic of what our world could become, if people would ever be able to see eye to eye. Whether this story is true or not, the grandmother definitely wanted to show her granddaughter that equality and kindness is possible and should be fought for. The normal should not rightfully be how our judgmental world is today. Women and men should be considered equal and be able to swap gender roles when needed. Single mothers should not be scrutinized; they should be loved and cared for because any life is a gift.

Growing up, I was always taught to look for the beauty inside and out. I do not really ever understand how people in our world act so judgmentally. In my mind I have always seen everyone the way the Pueblos saw everyone, by the beauty of their spirit. It is really sad to think that the Pueblo world is never going to be a possibility for us. It is scary to think that patriarchy could always hold dominance over our world, or people of different races will always be discriminated against. I wish there was a way to change the whole world’s view. Maybe little by little if grandmothers like Silko’s and parents like mine continue to raise their children to see everyone as an equal human being, maybe there could be a Pueblo difference. I see this story as a symbol of inspiration to make a change.


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