Alexie and Sa both share the ideas of the Native American assimilation story and the hardships that follow assimilation. Through separation, finding themselves, and “loosing spirit”, Sa and Alexie find themselves at different stages of growth. With a key concept of hair and honor they relate what it is like to be pushed into an unfamiliar culture. Both having pressures to cut their hair and going through Indian schools set up be the federal government. Therefore their literary merit is similar in the purpose to tell their experience immersed in American culture.
Louise Erdrich once declared, "love won't be tampered with, love won't go away. Push it to one side and it creeps to the other." (“Louise Erdrich quote.”) This statement perfectly depicts the foundation of love in a brotherhood. Even though there will indefinitely be obstructions that seek to cut off the flow of love, nothing can overpower the strength of a brotherly bond. In Erdrich’s short story, “The Red Convertible,” she tells of two Native American brothers, Lyman and Henry, who live on an indian reservation and share a red Olds that they purchase together.
This shows the Henry is experiencing some forms of PTSD. He also tends to grip the armrests of his chair will all his strength and freeze for long periods of time as if the chair was moving at unimaginable speeds. Previously mentioned, this shows that the motif or war has greatly impacted the close brotherhood at the beginning of the story. After the war, Henry is unable to return to his original self despite all the attempts made by Lyman to return his lost brother to his original self. Not only has the war impacted Henry’s home life and how he acts around his family, but it has deeply hurt the relationship between Lyman and
But he might have drawn back, because the shadows on his face are deep as holes” (Erdrich 411). This picture shows how their personalities are different. Henry is smiling in this picture for the first time since returning home from the war, although Lyman describes his smile as if it "¦looked as like it might have hurt his face." (398) His difficult smile represents the grief from the consequences of the war and Henry’s inability to be truly happy again. Lyman mentions that, “at that time I felt good about Henry and much
He starts his quest only after he realizes he has no other choice, it was the only way to get his life back. Door acts as Richard’s Herald, due to her showing up injured in front of Richard. His adventure starts. when she accidentally sucked him into London Below. After the Ordeal, Richard becomes more accustomed to his new world and his character and demeanor start to change as he overcomes challenges.
During his final road trip with Henry, Lyman felt that his brother was returning back to normal. Lyman noticed that Henry’s face looked “clear, more peaceful” and he took it as his brother was doing better. He was able to relax a little bit and feel carefree once again. Once Henry broke down Lyman’s serious side began to take over. He refused to admit to Henry what he did or take ownership of the convertible, once again, which caused the brothers to argue.
The Change of Two Brother’s Relationship Certain circumstances can change a person for the better or for the worse. In “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich, she demonstrates how the Vietnam War completely altered a young man’s personality. Two brothers, Henry and Lyman, who has an inseparable bond in the beginning of the story were portrayed also as best friends. The two of them travel everywhere in a glossy, red convertible they bought together during the summer. The red convertible shows the unique connection they have together.
Upon returning from war, their relationship is not where it was when Henry had left. Understandably so, because the experience of war can have the effect of deteriorating personal relationships. Lyman realizes this change in his brother and hopes to mend the relationship by using the red convertible as the means to do so. Henry deals with demons in his own mind as a result from war, and most assuredly brings back with him more than the memories of war. The journey the brothers take in “The Red Convertible” strengthens their bond, only to have it torn apart by the repercussions of Henry going to war.
In the assimilation stories of Zitkala Sa’s Impressions of an Indian Childhood and Sherman Alexie’s Indian Education, tells the tale of their childhood experience being integrated into “American culture”. Alexie and Sa describe their own experience
The scene in which King Henry IV confronts Prince Hal is a pivotal moment in their relationship’s development throughout the William Shakespeare’s account of the rebellions against the King’s rule in the play Henry IV Part I. Act 3 Scene 2 offers an insight into the ruling ideologies of Henry and his heir apparent Hal, as rulers, while each character considers the upcoming battle and attempt to determine what makes worthy ruler. Henry expresses unresolved anxiety about how he came into his throne, and his uncertainties about Hal, his successor, while Hal is desperate to recover his father’s trust in him. My group decided to include this scene in our performance because it embodied the evolution of the father-son relationships within the play. Tanya, Gillian and I focused our performance on the dynamics of Henry and Hal’s relationship, and how their relationship informed our understanding of their characters.