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Themes in Susan Glaspell's The Inheritors

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Susan Glaspell's The Inheritors brings a lot of questions to the table. Of course everyone knows the about the tragic tales of how Indians/Native Americans were slaughtered during the Columbus era and the tragic fight for land, but this story adds a more personal perspective to things. Madeline Fejevary Morton is the granddaughter of Silas Morton, who owns a great deal of land that was benevolently dedicated as a shrine for the Blackhawk Indians, and a friend, Felix Fejevary. The shrine, of course, is a college "in the cornfields," where granddaughter Madeline matures into a thriving activist who ultimately ends up betraying her family. The most exciting part of the story is that Madeline is fighting for the freedom of a group of Hindus and a revolutionary, well-known activist who has recently been imprisoned for protesting the British overtake of American land from the Native Americans.

The question that Glaspell poses to readers is whether or not the settlers who stole the land from the Native Americans are worthy caretakers of the land since they possess the advancements in technology to exploit its full use. She also makes the reader question whether or not the land should be given back to those who originally owned it, regardless of the fact that it will probably be used for religious purposes and designated for wildlife, and the settlers have had control over it for so long. The very fact that something productive is being done with the land in regards to ...

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This entry adds a personal aspect to the story that will not only give you a better understanding of what the author intended for readers to take away from the piece, but additionally present ideas about how to critically analyze the material in 1012 words.