“Adversity is like a strong wind.
It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are”, as said by Arthur Golden. Adversity has been a prominent aspect in First Nation communities in Canada, having been put through harsh, tough misfortunes. The novel Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese explores the theme in which the protagonist, Saul, is being faced with challenges, learning limitations and developing strengths as well as slowly coming to understand one’s true self to become a more powerful individual.
From the very beginning of Saul’s life, he is exposed to various painful experiences and hurdles that he is left to deal with, taking a toll on him and stripping away his identity.