Ice Man Essay

836 Words Mar 31st, 2014 4 Pages
Ice man
Have you ever been treated unfairly? Have you ever been treated like you have no rights at all? Most people have, but few of them have been treated as badly as Victor and his friends were in “Ice Man” written by Elmore Leonard, just because they are Native Americans.
“Ice Man” is fiction. In “Ice Man” the narrator is an unknown 3rd person narrator. He does not enter the characters minds, he only tells us what they say and what they do. And therefore he must be a person that does not take part in the actual scene, but he must be there. Because he is a 3rd person narrator, his opinions are objective and therefore trustworthy.
Victor is one of the main characters in “Ice Man”. Victor is an Indian, or you may call it a Native
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But in the way Victor answers, “This is what it’s about, my age?” on page 4 line 4, you can tell that Victor did not believe that ICE Man came to him because of his age, but instead because of his race. Victor is very proud of being an Indian or Native American, and that is why he always answers ICE Man back, because he feels like he is being offended and treated unfairly. Page 5 lines 10-11, “Bring them all here to sit with their rifles, Victorio, Cochise, Geronimo…. Those guys doing whatever they wanted”, tells us that Victor looks back at the days, when the Indian chiefs could do whatever they wanted and were not tied down by any laws.
ICE Man’s real name is Darryl Harris and the ICE in ICE Man stands for Immigration and Customs enforcement. His job is to control whether immigrants have immigrated illegally or legally. In many ways ICE Man appears racist. He compares the Indians to other coloured people and says they all look pretty much the same. He also feels kind of supercilious. Page 4 lines 16-17, “The bulls buck any, or they too old? I can cite you now for tryin’ to bribe an officer of the law.” This is one of the situations where ICE Man feels supercilious, because he thinks that Victor is bribing him, but he actually just shows ICE Man the money he had won in the contest. ICE Man in general is a racist, multiple times he calls them “Red nigger”, and he sees nothing wrong with arresting Victor and his friends just because of their race,

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