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Deterioration Of Brotherhood And The American Dream

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Suzanne Hornak Professor Kizershot English 102 20 October 2015 Midterm Paper Deterioration of Brotherhood and The American Dream Henry and Lyman are two brothers that had it all; freedom, a car, happiness. What almost everyone in life wants, The American Dream. Until Henry goes off to war and the effects of this ruins his brother’s enthusiasm along with his own. In “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich at first you envy the relationship the two Native American brothers have until it slowly crumbles and becomes bitter and they end up losing sight of the visions they once held. Throughout the story the red olds that they own together is what embodies these brother’s bond from the very beginning of good times all the way until the very end. The story first starts out by mentioning the two brothers and the car itself. The car clearly symbolizes the relationship of the brothers. Erdrich’s opening paragraph starts with: I was the first one to drive a convertible on my reservation. And of course it was red, a red Olds. I owned that car along with my brother Henry Junior. We owned it until his boots filled with water on a windy night and he bought out my share. Now Henry owns the whole car, and his younger brother Lyman (that’s myself), Lyman walks everywhere he goes. (1) The author wrote it this way so that the readers understand what the car means. The first line into the story it mentions the car is a convertible and “reservation” is bolded. The author wrote it this
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