Lullaby by Leslie Marmon Silko – Summary. The story is comprised mostly of the main character’s thoughts, which I decided were more easily. According to Suzanne Lundquis, the three forms of this trend are: Reclamation of heritage through literary expression; Discovery and. deals with a short story “Lullaby” (), written by Leslie Marmon Silko, and Key Words: Native Americans, Leslie Marmon Silko, memories, storytelling, loss, .

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This study guide contains the following sections: Leslie Marmon Silko is one of the most celebrated Native American writers of her generation.

Her short story “Lullaby” first appeared in Storytellera book in which she interweaves autobiographical reminiscences, lullabt stories, poetry, photographs of her family taken by her father and traditional songs. Llulaby book as a whole is concerned with the oral tradition of storytelling in Native American culture.

Through a variety of formats, Silko attempts to reproduce the effect of oral storytelling in a written English form. She is also concerned with the transformative power of storytelling in the lives of her characters and the role of storytelling in maintaining cultural traditions and intergenerational ties, particularly in a matrilinear line from grandmother to granddaughter.


It is told from the perspective lullayb an old woman reminiscing about some of the most tragic events of her life, all of which seem to be precipitated by the intrusions of white authority figures into her home. She recalls being informed of the death of her son in war, the loss of her children taken by white doctors, and the exploitative treatment of her husband by the white rancher sulko employs him.

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Furthermore, these events seem to have led to a long-term alienation between the old woman and her husband. Yet she also recalls strong ties with her own grandmother and mother.

While much of the story is told in terms of these reminiscences, the present tense of the story finds the old woman searching for her husband at the local bar. The lullaby she sings to her husband at the end of lulllaby story, as he lies dying in the snow, brings the oral tradition full circle, as she recalls this song that her grandmother ljllaby to her as a child.


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