Comparing The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven

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Writer Sherman Alexie has a knack of intertwining his own problematic biographical experience with his unique stories and no more than “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” demonstrates that. Alexie laced a story about an Indian man living in Spokane who reflects back on his struggles in life from a previous relationship, alcoholism, racism and even the isolation he’s dealt with by living off the reservation. Alexie has the ability to use symbolism throughout his tale by associating the title’s infamy of two different ethnic characters and interlinking it with the narrator experience between trying to fit into a more society apart from his own cultural background. However, within the words themselves, Alexie has created themes that surround despair around his character however he illuminates on resilience and alcoholism throughout this tale. …show more content…

This sets the stage for the narrator to ponder his prior life in Seattle and his experience of dealing with racism whenever in a prominent white neighborhood. Instead, Alexie, has his character show a resilience towards a challenging situation, by not responding with hostility or even fear but with the ability to defuse the situation by lightening it up with wit and humor. His protagonist character’s ability to brush off these situations as a normal aspect of living off the reservation plays an interesting take on what Alexie himself dealt with on a constant basis when he left his reservation for

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