Deadly Cultural Clashes In Comparison to a Story by Louise Edrich
1768 WordsJun 18, 20188 Pages
“The Red Convertible” is an interesting story due to its characters, plot, and the general background that the author was motivated by to write this story as well as many of her other works. “The Red Convertible” deals with the relationship between two brothers of the Chippewa Reservation. The story focuses on how their relationship changes over a period of time and discretely how the red convertible car they both bond over reflects those changes in their relationship throughout that period. Sadly, these changes are not good as they focus on the effects Henry Jr. has after he serves in the Vietnam War. Lyman, his younger brother, is also affected and tries many things to help his brother go back to his “regular old-self” but in the end he…show more content…
There was no actual evident mention of their American part of lifestyle until this point of their life, dealing with Henry after war. In the end, the reader can see that red convertible is a bigger representation of Henry and his individual changes after the Vietnam than anything else. It is his changes that affect his whole family and thus his strong relationship with his brother and thus why the car also counterparts their brotherly relationship. Further as the red convertible re-introduces itself throughout the story, it is the first and foremost object that shows the lifestyle of Henry and Lyman as Chippewa and American members of society.
As a Vietnam veteran and owner of a convertible car with his brother, the two boys show an attempt to assimilate themselves as American Indians. To begin with, before the war, both brothers drive “all one summer”, not hanging on to the details. However, Lyman recalls “one place with willows”…feeling comfortable covered by branches “like a tent or a stable” (Erdrich 26). The Herder Symbol Dictionary conveys that braches “are regarded as granting good fortune or protection”(28). Lyman feels comfortable even perhaps protected but realizing what tree he lying under, the reader finds that there is a completely different meaning and rather a warning. The Herder Symbol Dictionary describes that the weeping willows’ “form [is like that] to streams of tears falling to the ground”, and so