Analysis Of Sherman Alexie 's ' A Native American Activist '

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Poverty Inside-in-Out of “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”
Many underprivileged groups such as, African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, just to name a few, often struggle to flourish within society due to lack of resources and lose their identity in assumption of their “inadequacy”. Sherman Alexie, a Native American activist, reveals the effects of poverty through the life of Victor, a young Native American living in a reservation, in his short story, “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”. Victor, right after he lost job, was notified about his father’s passing. Unable to have the sufficient funds to retrieve his father’s remains from Arizona, he travels alongside his former childhood friend, Tomas Builds-the-Fire. Their journey initially begins with a broken identity, but it brings awareness of how they were able to redefine whom they were despite of their critical situation. “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” depicts the harsh reality of the Native American’s poverty due to lack of resources, resulting in emotionally straining them and bringing social corrosion.
Through Victor’s situation, Alexie presents how the lacks of resources worsen his emotional state. Victor’s emotional severity is projected from the very moment he lost his job and realized that his father’s death. Victor did not see his dad in several years, but spoke to him over the phone a couple times, however held a hereditary affliction that quickly will become…
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