There There

There There

by

Tommy Orange

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There There: Part IV: Daniel Gonzales (3) Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Daniel watches the powwow through his VR goggles, which are linked up to his drone. All week, he has been having dreams of “people running in the streets and gunfire all around”—all the people in these dreams are Indians. As Daniel flies his drone over the top of the coliseum, his mother comes downstairs looking for him, asking if he wants to come up and have lunch. Daniel brushes his mother off, telling her he’s busy and will be up soon.
Daniel is clearly conflicted about what he’s going to see at the powwow—he both wants to watch the chaos and drama unfold, and is aware of the pain and suffering his cousin stands to cause should something go wrong.
Themes
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