Literary Analysis of Sherman J. Alexie’s This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona

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Analysis of “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” In life, everyone experiences a time of hardship, and for the most part, those affected find methods of overcoming the adversity. The idea of getting through hardship is best reflected in; Sherman J. Alexie’s story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” (274). In the story, victor whose father had recently died from a heart attack has to travel to phoenix Arizona to reclaim his father’s ashes and his truck. Victor is joined by his former childhood friend “Thomas Builds-the-fire”, who finances the trip to phoenix since Victor did not have the means. They drove back truck from phoenix to the reservation. Throughout the trip, Thomas is always telling stories mostly…show more content…
Whether someone believes that they have burned the bridges behind them, it is still worth exploring lost connections especially during a period of misfortunes. A number of people are keen to give assistance regardless of the past events. On several occasions, Victor had treated Thomas very poorly in the past. On one occasion, when they were fifteen years old, “victor was really drunk and beat Thomas up for no reason at all” (277). Despite their past, when victor was in need, Thomas was willing to lend him everything he had saved up. Thomas was willing to lend victor the money as long as he could go with him to phoenix (276). ‘“I’ve got some money saved up,’” Thomas said. ‘“It’s enough to get us down there, but you have to get us back.”’(277). Victor did not believe he was still friends with Thomas, and therefore was unwilling to accept Thomas’s offer. Thomas response was, ‘“I didn’t say we were friends, I said you had to take me with you.”’(277). Thomas was willing to say anything if it could get Victor to accept his assistance. Victor’s father had asked Thomas “to watch out for victor”(279), and that is exactly Thomas was doing. When someone has a willingness to see and acknowledge their past faults and have a desire for change, they have the potential to revive a much brighter future with meaningful companionship. During the trip, victor glows deeper respect for Thomas. It was beyond victors belief that “Thomas, that

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