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Amber Hutchison Post Modern Fiction Indigo February 23, 2000 People are born with passion. The irony is that most people spend all their lives searching for that passion without looking inside that soul to the heart of the passion. The trick to discovering that passion is to find what makes us happy. For Indigo the main character of Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo by her passion lies in the music she creates from her soul while using her violin as her tool. From a modern literary criticism standpoint this passion is seen through her characterization and the symbolic use of the violin. However in peeling back the layers and focusing on this story from a Post ? Modern standpoint the reader uncovers deeper issues. There is a sense of discontinuity in the linear structure that leads to a discovery about the cultural issues in this story. Indigo challenges the boundaries of her age and a society that struggles to find a place for her and her soul. That is going under the assumption that there is a place. "Indigo did not tell her mother about Mr. Lucas being so evil, nor did she mention that her new fiddle could talk."(Norton 43) With in the first few lines of the story Indigo?s violin begins its transformation from merely and instrument to an extension of her soul. Symbolically Indigo?s violin is representative of her soul. With her violin Indigo pursues the passions of her soul as she struggles to find her place somewhere between childhood and womanhood. Indigo?s mother begs her not to play the violin anymore at night because the neighbors complained about the awful noise. She forces Indigo to take lessons or go somewhere else to play. By rejection her violin her mother rejects the heart and soul of Indigo. Only when she flees to Sister Marie Louise?s shed is she able to play her music and bare her soul to the world. The violin takes on the presence of sin in her life as her mother forbids her to play. It is the forbidden fruit that Indigo longs to taste. Indigo?s character constantly revolves through the turmoil of a young adolescent on the brink of woman hood. "Then she would blush, hurriedly out the fiddle back into the case, the Colored and Romance having got the best of her."(Norton 45) Indigo is not ready to take that final step into womanhood but she is brave enough to sample. Placing a label on the character of Indigo?s out her into the category of a round character. Everything that she experiences affects her both on the inside and the outside. IN fact much of Indigo?s growth as a character is internalized and seen through the way she plays the violin. Faced with the decision to learn how to play the violin by record or quit playing for the people Indigo sets aside her passions and learns ordinary music. Ironically, when this happens people stop coming by to listen and the story begins to fall apart. Thematically this story center around a girl who needs to find her passion and the steps that she must take to find them. Indigo needs to find her identity and the easiest way to do so is to explore her thoughts and feelings through her violin music. Through the development of her character Indigo is forced to make decisions that affect the outcome of her music and ultimately her life. The story ends in a very somber tome with a funeral sequence. Indigo realized that the time had come to say good0-bye to her childhood and the dolls she played with. She dressed in white and her mother in black as one by one she carried her companions to the attic for a proper burial. Her dolls were her last connection with childhood and after her experiences in the underground she felt it was time to lay them to rest. Indigo?s act of burying these dolls before they reached womanhood with her shows her attempt at sheltering them form growing up. "Mama I couldn?t bear for them to grow up," Indigo said in the final scene of the story. Indigo knew that she faced challenges that would her to heartache in the adult world and by burying her dolls maybe that was one small way of sheltering a small part of herself. She
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