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

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The author, Sherman Alexie, is a Native American novelist, born on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. In his short story, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” Alexie makes the argument that Native Americans are being negatively portrayed, mistreated and stereotyped in our country and by our government. Alexie uses a character born in the same Reservation in Washington, giving him more credibility for the arguments he makes, through the character. The audience Alexie chooses this essay for is primarily American Indians, although immigrants and minorities are a secondary audience, who many, can relate to the stereotyping and negative treatment of our government. Throughout the story, Alexie uses emotional appeal of pathos and the ethical appeal of ethos, as tools to get his point across. The words chosen in the essay by the author are clear, simple, and the story is put together carefully and easy to understand for the target audience. In the short story Alexie uses flashback to think back about experiences the character in the story went through. The narrator also recounts a dream, which is an allegorical representation of how he believes people portray him with his girlfriend and insecurities he has in their relationship. The dream explains the psychological effect that years of stereotyping and mistreatment has had on him. The narrator has always had weird dreams, but they turn to nightmares while he is living with her in Seattle. The
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