Green Grass, Running Water 01/13/2014
By Thomas King
▯ master plot/ culture narrative
▯ everything revolves around the number 4:
4 levels of narration
1 Level of Narration
narrator (unnamed) and Coyote
2 Level of Narration
4 old Indians
3 Level of Narration
Doc Joe Hovaugh
4 Level of Narration Lionel, Eli, etc
▯ In biblical narrative they have a mythical, allegorical, literal, analogical levels.
▯ WHERE DID ALL THE WATER COME FROM?
▯ PG.1 – sets the stage for the story, creates the narrative which is a dream then the narrative feels like it is
in charge, King suggests that narratives are things that recreate “So”. Conflict between 2 points of views,
one that sees the narrative as authority, and one that sees the narrative as fluid and created by the
people. Conflict between written forms of narrative vs. oral. Creating a written narrative as a oral. Jumps
back and forth, not in ordered (like an oral story). We create stories that in turn create us.
▯ PG. 286 – knows its harmful but shaped Eli’s story, plays out in his life. Separates him from his family and
friends, hurts him. Not all stories are good, especially if they are told by people that are more powerful then
▯ PG.9 – names= literally characters, all white men who have nonwhite sidekicks. These 4 Indian
characters procreate stories about white people, do this ironically, jokingly. Dead Dog Café serves normal
food, but acts like they are (156) serving weird foods, like Dogs, etc. Names of the white Canadian writers
as visitors, that wrote about Indians.
▯ masterplot of Columbus, myth of European exploration that when they arrived to colonies there was
nothing there. 3 sto