Analysis Of Sherman Alexie 's ' Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight ' Heaven '

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In all mediums of storytelling alike, there is always the question of if the author is being truthful about the information they are giving. This includes the lessons told through the story of morality in fiction, historical fiction, or anything related to such topics. Consequently, most books read in popular culture have a lesson; novels are a form of education. An example of this has been shown through Sherman Alexie’s Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. In this novel, he attempts to shed light on the struggles Native American people, specifically on the Spokane Reservation, withstand through multiple stories and perspectives. Some novels, if their perspective of truth has not been taken into account, still affect people in their…show more content…
However, all of the stories listed with moral lessons are for children. That brings a question; do adult and young adult novels all have similar lessons to be taught?
Many novels, like 1984 by George Orwell as well as Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, focus on the time frame and culture the novel was written in. 1984 is a book that focuses on a dystopian society in Oceana. Big Brother controls every citizens’ thoughts, actions, memories, etc., in order to achieve a “perfect” dictatorial society. Though it was written in 1944, during World War II, where the dictatorship of Stalin (who Big Brother was based off of) was prevalent, it is still read to this very day. Most would argue that it is read simply for the classical aesthetic purpose, but while that still may be true, it is still read due to the fact that society has not learned the lessons taught in the novel. In the month of January, “1984 shot to No. 1 on Amazon’s best seller list [that] week…” (Kakutani, Why ‘1984’ Is a 2017 Must-Read) after Sean Spicer describes lies and the facts that went against the evident truth as “Alternative Facts”. This struck something in many people that brought them to draw a connection to the novel in discussion. What this novel teaches is the dangers in total power and control, as well as the early signs of a dictatorship. These two topics are prevalent in today’s society and political culture, meaning the lessons exemplified in this book can still be
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