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

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Native Americans, the people who once lived in America by themselves, no longer feel at home. Over the past 100s of years America has changed dramatically, and with that, the people have changed. What is considered mainstream now is different from 10, 20, 30, even 100s of years ago. Eventually everything evolves. Sherman Alexie’s short story “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” tells the story of a Native American living in current day America. It explains the struggles he faces living in a period that his group of people haven’t moved on too. Many Native Americans still live in their reservation and stay separate from the “real world”. Natives only know their way of life so when they try to change that, they don’t know what to…show more content…
They are very rarely seen in society and they mostly live in their reserves. Another similarity between the two is that the rhinoceros also only live in the reserves and national parks. This means that like the Native Americans, they won’t be seen wandering the streets and the wild. Clearly, the author adding in the idea of a rhinoceros in the spelling bee was symbolic to represent how people view Native Americans and how they feel about society. In addition to the idea of the rhinoceros, the idea that the narrator’s family had no faith in him that he could succeed in the mainstream American society shows the fraught relationship between the two. What happen in the story was the narrator, a Native American man, who left his reservation to go experience life in Seattle, an American City. The author writes “When I got back to the reservation, my family wasn’t surprise to see me. They’d been expecting me back since the day I left for Seattle” (Alexie 83). The fact that his family was not surprised to see him shows that his family had no belief in him to be successful. They knew that the way American society was, that a man who has been living in the reservation for his whole life could not make it in the outside world. Families are supposed to be the biggest supporters of each other’s dreams and aspiration. When families know that you are going to fail, it is a good sign that failure will occur. This is tough for native Americans
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