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Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are the same person. Why the different names?

Created: 10/21/21

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
janeb

Join Date: 10/09/18

Posts: 39

It’s all in a name

Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are the same person. Why the different names?


Posted Oct. 22, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
gerrieb

Join Date: 09/03/19

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RE: It’s all in a name

Little Elk renames Jack Pale Jump as he comes to despise him and notices his “ jumpy” eye, it is given to mock Jack. Jack gave himself the name Strong-Red-Wolf as he had a much grander view of himself.


Posted Oct. 23, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Gloria

Join Date: 03/11/15

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RE: It’s all in a name

Jack sees himself as Strong-Red-Wolf, but he is really Pale Jump.


Posted Oct. 24, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
peggyt

Join Date: 08/10/17

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RE: Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are ...

Jack called himself Strong-Red-Wolf. Little Elk named him Pale Jump because he had pale skin and an eye tic.


Posted Oct. 24, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
catherynez

Join Date: 01/27/18

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RE: Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are ...

Stong-Red-Wolf was the name Jack gave himself. It was how he saw himself. Pale Jump was his name given by Little Elk because he was pale skinned and had twitchy eyes.


Posted Oct. 24, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
janeh

Join Date: 06/15/11

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RE: Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are ...

Different points of view about the strengths/weaknesses of a character.


Posted Oct. 24, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Maggie

Join Date: 01/01/16

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RE: Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are ...

Jack thought highly of himself and called himself Strong Red Wolf. He wanted to impress Two. Little Elk called him Pale Jump. He did not like him, knew he was not an Indian but a weak white nan and did not like that he was stocking Two.


Posted Oct. 28, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
patriciah

Join Date: 12/11/17

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RE: Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are ...

Strong Red Wolf was Jack's name for himself. Pale Jump is Little Elk's name for him.


Posted Oct. 28, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
djcminor

Join Date: 03/14/19

Posts: 150

RE: Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are ...

Jack would like to escape the moniker that is derogatory, so he calls himself Strong Red Wolf. It is easy to see that he would like to view himself in another, stronger, light rather than the weak Pale Jump.


Posted Oct. 29, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
josephinej

Join Date: 05/11/15

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RE: Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are ...

Jack named himself Strong-Red-Wolf - and as Two said, that's not a real Indian name. Little Elk summed him up with the name Pale Jump - not a very inspiring name for a rather horrible man.


Posted Nov. 01, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
reene

Join Date: 02/18/15

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RE: Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are ...

Jack saw himself as a Native American, and picked strong qualities to name himself. He thought he was strong, and outstanding like a red wolf. Pale Jump was the name given to him by Little Elf, who disliked him and and selected two of his weak features, his white, pale skin and his jumping eye.


Posted Nov. 15, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
BuffaloGirl

Join Date: 01/13/18

Posts: 127

RE: Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are ...

Jack Elder sees himself or at least wants to be strong and animal-like so calls himself Strong Red Wolf. Little Elk sees him as he is, weak and ineffective, and gives him a name reflecting that, Pale Jump. Little Elk was my favorite character in the book.


Posted Nov. 21, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Jessica F

Join Date: 05/23/20

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RE: Pale Jump and Strong Red Wolf are ...

I love that Little Elk renames him Pale Jump...funny!


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