Analysis Of Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven By Sherman Alexie

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Everyone has their own struggles that they go through in life. Some may be self inflicted, while others are just the cards that were dealt to them. Sherman Alexie’s story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven tells of the cards that were given to people on a reservation. This compilation of stories was the framework for Smoke Signals, which won two awards at Sundance Film Festivals. Alexie has also written other novels and poems in regard to the Native American culture. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven was an interesting read to say the least. It tells of the alcoholism, crime, relationships, and traditions of both the present and past residents of the reservation, as well as their ancestors before the reservation was in place. Overall this book is a representation of Native American lives both on and off of the reservation, with interaction with the white people and the governing forces of the reservation. I was looking forward to seeing if this collection of stories could change the way I picture reservations. I have viewed the outskirts of a few and they did not leave a good image. The reservation in the novel is located in Spokane. From the beginning the collection has attention grabbing features, telling of a boy named Victor who is witness to his family’s arguments and problems at a young age. None of it was new to him though and his perspective gives insight to how life on a reservation can be. Throughout the book
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