Monkey Beach - a Reflection of the Struggles of Modern Day Aboriginals

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Monkey Beach's Role in Highlighting Native Canadian Issues European dominance over Aboriginals has ended however the negative effects of colonization continue to impact Natives to this day. Although many efforts have been made to reverse the damage done, Native Canadians still face many drawbacks and issues to this day as a result of colonization. Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach is the story of Lisamarie Hill and her search for her brother, Jimmy, who is missing at sea in northern British Columbia. During Lisa's search for Jimmy, she reflects upon her childhood and the different hardships she faced growing up. Monkey Beach depicts the real life struggles of indigenous people in a modern, euro-centric society through taking a close look at the story of Lisa and her family. Lisa and other Aboriginal characters in the novel act as an example of the issues faced by Aboriginals by showing society's treatment of Aboriginals, Lisa's difficulty in connecting with her spirituality, and the many instances of sexual abuse towards Aboriginals. Monkey Beach highlights issues faced by Native Canadians by showing numerous instances of society's mistreatment to this particular group. The first example is the government's treatment of Lisa's grandfather after he loses a leg in World War II. Lisa explains the disorganization of the government when it comes to her grandfather's compensation, “when he came home, he couldn't get a job or get the money he thought he should get from Veteran Affairs because they said Indian Affairs was taking care of him.” (Robinson 81). In the end, Lisa's grandfather is unable to receive compensation from either organization due to miscommunication and other complications. This situation shows the lack of care the Canadian government gives to Natives and that they are often neglected and disrespected. Next,

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