Yellow not to leave him and live with him

Yellow
Woman is a simple but
memorable story of a young married woman imagine herself as the yellow woman
from the past and having affair with a Navajo named Silva who live alone in the
mountains. The story describes the next morning after their first night
together and the second day after she decided not to leave then finally the
lady’s return to her home and family. The story also emphasizes the life of the
young married woman struggling from her boring and unfulfilling family life.
Therefore, she decides not to leave him and live with him by manipulating
herself that she is the yellow woman from the past.

            The married young woman in Yellow
Woman seem to be drifting, indolent, and immature. She does not show much
affection toward her husband or child, or does not believe that her people
would grieve her loss very much. The narrator stated on pg.1688, “There are
enough of them to handle things. My mother and grandmother will raise the baby
like they raised me. Al will find someone else, and they will go on like
before, except that there will be a story about the day I disappeared while I
was walking along the river.” This quote clearly explains that the young woman
does not expects much from her family and that her absence was unnoticeable.
The narrator keeps relating herself as the yellow woman and thought perhaps
that the yellow woman could have been just a common woman with a family and did
not realize being misled by a mountain spirit. “I was wondering if Yellow Woman
had known who she was-if she knew that she would become part of the stories.” There
is a probability that the mountain spirit cast a spell to forget herself or
perhaps she only wants to be known as Yellow Woman by the narrator. This is
also another reason why the young woman does not mention about her family or
her name to Silva. The narrator specified that she is not the Yellow Woman,
however, she continue to tell the Yellow Woman stories and confuse herself
often. She wants to believe that this fantasy was real even just for one day and
be the Yellow Woman of the present who is different from the past.

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            The night before she had talked of
the “old stories about the ka’tsina spirit and Yellow Woman,” stories of a
mountain spirit who takes woman away to be with him. The woman obviously had implied
that she was Yellow Woman and Silva was the ka’tsina spirit; now the man’s
words and actions assert that he is; in fact, that they had become part of the
stories. The young woman overlooks that fact that she is not the Yellow Woman
nor Silva is the ka’tsina, however, she is drawn to the sensuality, strength,
and danger of Silva and allows herself to be pulled down, “I did not decide to
go. I just went. Moonflowers blossom in the sand hills before dawn, just as I
followed him” and leave with him. After a violent encounter with a white
rancher, she leaves her lover and returns home with a story to tell, adding to
the Yellow Woman folklore and interlinking her own fiction and life with the
customs of her people. Even after the breakup, she wants to return to him- “to
kiss him and to touch him”- but the mountains are separating them, but she continues
to believe that one day she will find him waiting for her by the river life
before.

            “Yellow Woman” is a self-reflexive story, meaning that
the narrative refers to the process of composing the story itself. During her adventure with Silva, she repeatedly wonders
if she has become the original Yellow Woman,

She confuses her own
identity with the Yellow Woman, and Silva. She now understands that her
everyday experience and the timeless, all-inclusive mythic reality of her grandfather’s
stories are inextricably connected. Because everything is
connected, the tribal concept of time is timelessness and the concept of space
is multidimensional. As Silko’s retelling of “Yellow Woman” makes clear, the
world of the everyday incorporates the ceremonial or mythic, and the mythic is
present in ordinary experience. The past and the future dwell in the present
moment. People cannot be separated from the landscape they inhabit. Because
Native American communities value harmony between all living things, it is
difficult for their belief system to remain intact in the late twentieth
century.