ReactionEssay on "Faces In The Moon" By Betty Louise Bell
Everycommunity has a way to remember its ancestors. In the contemporaryworld, there are many activities and things that help retain them.Traditionally, the memories of ancestors were stored in a permanentfeature that would keep reminding. Bells tells of how Grace and hersiblings were asked to look for faces on the moon to see her. Shepromised that she would be one of the faces to appear on the moon.This lead to the entire Cherokee community to keep searching forthese faces. Some claimed to see the faces while in some days, somepeople never saw these faces. The reason as to why they were asked tolook at the moon is vital when attempting to understand what theauthor is writing about. Grace’s mother wanted to give her childrenself-confidence. She wanted them to be proud of what they hadachieved. This paper is a reaction to the effects of lack or presenceof confidence/
Itis beyond doubt that Cherokee community as presented feels inferior.This can be seen in the manner Grace behaves. The biggest wish of herheart is to be integrated into the white community. She considers hernative community to be inferior thus the urge to move to the superiorcommunity. When people realize that a person does not value theirhome, they are quick to investigate why. A big feeling exists thatbecause of worshiping whites, Grace as well as other ladies of somecaliber were abused by men. Grace received numerous white people in aday and drank all day. She had become a “drank and marriedhard-drinking no-good men” (Bell 11). Had grace appreciated hercommunity, she would have valued herself with more dignity.
BeforeLucie left home, she was taught that not unless she was white,nothing could work in her life. Only whites had hope and future.Grace was brutal when she sensed that Lucie was warming her heart toembrace the Cherokee traditions. Her mother despised her. Graceconsidered the Indian look on her daughter to be inferior referringher as “uppity Indian” (122). Such behavior is extremelydamaging, especially to a kid. A mother is supposed to guide herchildren showing them that everything can be done if people acceptedeach other and worked for each other. In my opinion, Grace wasjealous of her daughter’s possible rise to glory.
ImmediatelyLucie went to her best aunt and they formed a tight bond. Lucie wastaught to accept herself just as she was. She was shown theimportance of highly valuing their selves. It is from here that Luciegained self-confidence. She began appreciating her community’sculture. Lucie even defends it saying “Don’t mess with Indianwomen” (193). She discovered that everyone was equal. From these,she went against the common belief in the society, where ladies werenot to further their studies. She, however, persisted and became asignificant person in society through her studies. This brings out afeeling that people create their barriers to a healthy life. No onehas to do what others are doing or be what others are to be great.Lucie’s aunt taught her to be confident and self-reliant.
Inconclusion, it is clear that appreciating the culture is vital forthe development of the community. What a particular group of peoplecan do, all others can do as well. It is possible that one looks forsomething with a lot of determination, only for them to not to getthem. Confidence is extremely beneficial as it brings out the bestout of an individual.
Bell,Betty Louise. Facesin the Moon.Vol. 9. University of Oklahoma Press, 1995.