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

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Geronimo, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull are all noble Indian warriors of the recent past. Each warrior symbolizes courage, hope, and bravery in battle. The mighty warriors proved themselves in battle time and time again. These men were looked up to with the highest regards of their people. Indian children grew up with stories of these brave warriors being passed down from generation to generation. A great respect is seen for the legendary warriors of the past. As times change and the days of Indian and cowboy battles are behind us; how is it possible for a warrior to still be relevant in the modern day? Sherman Alexie expresses this idea of a modern-day warrior in his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Many times, …show more content…

She holds on to tradition, cares for elders and brings the good out in others. These actions show how she is a symbol of hope, like the warrior of the past. Alexie uses Norma to help to defines what it means to be a warrior. Another instance where the warrior term is defined is in the story of “Jesus Christ’s half-brother is alive and well on the Spokane Indian Reservation”. Alexie draws connections between the Christian Jesus and this warrior type character. He uses the character James as a warrior and makes connections to Jesus. James is born innocent and grows to hopefully become the change the reservation is so desperately needing. The story is told through the view of Jimmy expressing how life is possible because of James. Jimmy tries to stop drinking: “Been in A.A. for a month because that was the only way to keep James with me” (124). James gives hope to Jimmy and a reason to continue living. These simple actions define James as a warrior. This further helps to define a warrior as someone who can make a difference regardless of the situation. With a life on the reservation filled will alcoholism, poverty, and years of stereo types, people need someone to look up. These warrior type characters give people hope in a bad time. Many times, this hope comes from the idea that it is possible to escape from the reservation

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