Analysis Of Sherman Alexie 's ' This Is What It Means For Say Phoenix Arizona ``

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In the story “This is What It Means to Say Phoenix Arizona” by Sherman Alexie, the main character Victor is a full blood Native American, whose father recently passed away in Phoenix, Arizona. Victor must take the trip to collect his father 's ashes, however due to his current financial situation he is unable to take his journey. An old friend of Victors, by the name of Thomas builds-the-fire, offers to help fund Victors trip on the condition that he go with him. It is because of Thomas that Victor is able to complete his journey. Thomas Builds-the-Fire’s character shows uncanny heroism, faithfulness to his friend, and the courage to overcome obstacles.
Thomas Builds-the-Fire is character that has experiences many tragic outcomes in his life. For example, he explains that his parents both died when he was young. “My father, he died on Okinawa in World War II, died fighting for this country, which had tried to kill him for years. My mother, she died giving birth to me, died while I was still inside her. She pushed me out into the world with her last breath” (CITE). It is because of this tragedy, that he has the courage to overcome obstacles. For example, when Victor and Thomas were standing outside of the trailer that Victors dad passed away in, Victor told Thomas that he did not have to go inside, Thomas simply explained that he is going to need the help, “…. he held his breath and followed Victor into the trailer” (CITE). In this moment Thomas did not have to go into the

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