The Red Convertible By Louise Erdrich Summary

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War leaves battle wounds not only physically, but mentally as well. The process of going to war is long and strenuous. Throughout Louise Erdrich’s writing, The Red Convertible, readers are able to get a deeper understanding of the ever lasting effects that veterans have to suffer with. In Erdrich’s story, the main characters’, Lyman, older and outgoing brother is introduced. Henry is adventurous and constantly making life more humorous with his jokes. As the story prolongs, it is clear that once Henry returns home from war, he is not the same as he once was. This directly relates to people all over the world who are exposed to the act of transitioning into a soldier. The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich undoubtedly shows the connection to what it takes to become a soldier and the effects it has afterwards. …show more content…

To join the Army one must be at least 17 years old (with the consent of a parent). With that, people have to meet a certain height and weight depending on their age. For example, if a person joining the forces for the first time and they are between the ages of 17-20 and are 60 inches tall, they must be at least 139 pounds. In addition to the basic physical appearance requirements, a person has to be a US citizen, have at least a high school degree, and go through several physical and mental performance tests. The physical test that needs to be passed in order to join the Army is the APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test). To pass, one has to go through an intensive muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular respiratory fitness evaluation ( When trying to join the Military, the qualifications to enter are both reprimanding and

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