The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is a book written by Sherman Alexie depicting many stories regarding life on the Spokane Indian Reservation. These stories tell of many serious problems the modern Native Americans are faced with today. Problems like poverty, racism, limited education opportunities, and alcoholism just to name a few. The book incorporates many different characters, including Victor Joseph, Thomas Builds-the-Fire, and Norma Many-Horses. These characters along with many other characters show what life was and still is like on some Indian Reservations.
In this essay, we shall compare and contrast two short stories: “A Glow in the Dark” by Gary Paulsen, and “Thank You M’am” by Langston Hughes. “A Glow in the Dark” is about a man dogsledding through a forest and encountering a strange, eerie light. He then finds out that it is nothing scary. “Thank You M’am” is about a boy named Roger who tried to steal a woman’s pocketbook. The woman ends up feeding him, washing him, and giving him 10 dollars to buy blue suede shoes.
From the long dark braid of the Cayuse tribe to the flowy jet black hair of the Salish tribe, the style and length of hair has an important role in many Native American cultures. In a variety of Native American tribes, hair plays an extremely powerful role culturally and spiritually. The length and style of hair is seen as an extension of a person's stage in life as well as a way of representing a person's status. Throughout the novel, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, by Sherman Alexie, and its film adaptation, Smoke Signals, length and style of hair acts as a symbol for the condition of a character.
“The third dumpster” is a short story written by Gish Jen in 2013. “The third dumpster” tells a story of a relationship between two brothers and their parents. The brothers desperately tire to help their parents by renovating an old house in hope of the parents will live there by themselves, and not living with the brothers. The short story deals with the relationship between the members of a Chinese-American family, consisting of a mother, a father and their two sons, Goodwin and Morehouse, called the Lee-family.
When Smoke Signals Indians’ Distress… “The only thing more pathetic than Indians on TV is Indians watching Indians on TV” declares ironically Thomas-Builds-The-Fire, in the movie “Smoke Signals”, to condemn the Indian stereotype conveyed by media. The writer, Sherman Alexie narrates the story of Thomas and Victor, Native Americans, who go on a road-trip to retrieve the ashes of the lately deceased Arnold Joseph, Victor’s father. Leaving their natal Coeur D’Alene reservation, Victor and Thomas are stepping into the foreign world of America, in which codes and values differ from their native culture. Alexie portrays the duality of Native American culture, capturing the history of people who have been oppressed, yet attempting to forge their identity in the media-saturated world of the 20th Century, adopting panoramic shots, manipulating the circular sense of time,
In the story The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, the main character is a Native American in an all white town and he finds that there seems to be very little cultural assimilation. As he goes into 7/11 he finds that the cashier is scared. He believes that the reason that the cashier is afraid of him is because of his race, he thinks that his race has become an issue throughout the town and what people think about him. ” He knew this dark skin and long, black hair of mine was dangerous. I had potential”(Alexie, 479).
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.
It might seem like “Wonder” and “The Other Side” our very different kinds of stories. One takes place in the past and the other takes place in the present. But if you look closer, you will see that both stories actually share a common theme. In both stories the authors teach us that just because you our different you can still be friends with whoever you want.
To my understanding the title of the short story “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” written by Sherman Alexie, was chosen for this particular story, because it is the underlying main idea in it. The story kinda rambles on about this guy, the main character, who doesn't know where his place on earth is. “I knew there were plenty of places I wanted to be, but nine where I was supposed to be”(403). I believe this lack center in his life doesn't come from lack of “home” in a sense but more because of his inability to expand and grow. For example, if we were to take apart the title the first half of it talks about a “lone ranger”, someone who by definition; has no companions and acts alone without consulting other for approval.
Intro The story “Three Billy Goats Gruff” is about three goats who are going to eat some leaves in a field, but encounter a troll underneath a bridge, at least in the Norwegian version. There also is a Polish /German version called the three goats, has a wolf on a mountain path. That is one of the main differences between the two different versions. There also are some similarities.
Elements of Fiction Exam The short story, The Sheriff’s Children by Charles W. Chesnutt and the graphic novel, Saga written by Brain K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples have many similarities despite their differences in written style. Both stories are centered around interracial and interspecies relationships during times of segregation and tensions between the two groups of people and species. The stories have the main protagonists that harbor secrets that would be frowned upon by others in their societies or threaten their lives.
The Outsiders movie and book are very different . They have many differences like in the movie more than one soc tries to drown Pony , Johnny and pony chased a rabbit , and dally gets bernd. Some of their similarities are bob has a blue mustang , pony & johnny got a week's supply of baloney , they both talk about sunsets and Johnny still carries his switchblade . There are many differences , but let's talk about some similarities .One
In our world, people who are born different from other people are almost always treated differently from those who are “normal”. Nearly every person that is treated differently is treated in a more negative way than they would be if they fit in with other people. This is a terrible and insensible trend that has caused years of suffering throughout human history. Because of unimportant and miniscule discrepancies, such as race, we have decided to put up walls between cultures and make ourselves narrow-minded and un-open to new ideas. The reality that discrimination is universal has lead to discrimination becoming a popular theme in literature and other forms of entertainment.