Fools Crow

Fools Crow

by

James Welch

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Malcolm Clark/Four Bears Character Analysis

A Napikwan whitehorn rancher and husband to Cutting-off-head Woman. Malcolm Clark catches Owl Child stealing his ho rses and slaps him, embarrassing him in front of his people. Owl Child swears revenge and later kills Clark, further upsetting the United States government and the blue-coat seizers. The Marias Massacre that takes place at the end of the novel, in which nearly two hundred innocent Pikunis are slaughtered by the seizers, is the government’s retaliation for the murder of Malcolm Clark.
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Malcolm Clark/Four Bears Character Timeline in Fools Crow

The timeline below shows where the character Malcolm Clark/Four Bears appears in Fools Crow. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
...the party comes upon the head of Little Prickly Pear near the land belonging to Malcolm Clark , a whitehorn rancher known as Four Bears who has a history of trading with... (full context)
Chapter 13
The Individual vs. the Collective Good  Theme Icon
...as Captain Snelling and John Gates. They tell Three Bears and the Lone Eaters that Malcolm Clark was recently killed, and that Owl Child has been identified as the murderer. He must... (full context)
War Theme Icon
...and wealth in the traditional way,” but there is nothing honorable about the killing of Malcolm Clark . (full context)
Colonialism and Western Expansion Theme Icon
...there are better ways to earn a living than riding with Napikwans. He says that Malcolm Clark was a bad man and he won’t cry for him, but Owl Child is bad... (full context)
Chapter 18
War Theme Icon
...Lone Eaters’ camp looking for him and that they intend to make him pay for Malcolm Clark ’s murder. Mountain Chief says, unlike the other chiefs, he would like to go to... (full context)