Film Analysis: Smoke Signals

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Shelby I agree that Suzy is a major representation of a smoke signal; she conveys Arnold’s death and the type of life he lived to his son, to free him of his rage and hatred toward his father. However the title can also been seen as a stereotype within itself; natives gathered in tents or around a fire using smoke signals to communicate is a common stereotypical depiction of Native American culture among films and books. Whether smoke signals are an accurate portrayal of Native American customs or not, it was a form of communicating in times of danger or distress. It’s no accident that throughout the movie Victor and Thomas both struggle to communicate with each other and their community. Their ‘smoke signals’ were muddled and neither understood
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