Omniscient Point of View in “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona

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Omniscient Point of view in “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”

The story “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” by Sherman Alexie is a fictional narrative that reflects his experiences during his past and present life. The author allows the audience to become the social media that critiques his life when he evokes important episodes of his life through Victor and Thomas Builds-the-Fire liveliness. In this process, Sherman Alexis uses his omniscient point of view to tell his readers about the actions of his character; He exposes Victor and Thomas Builds-the-Fire as opposite twins and inseparable soul mates of awareness in his journey on his path to maturity (Blewster). His narrative portrays Victor as a reckless
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Today, as in the past, Indians on many reservations live in poverty as Jace Weaver explains in “Understanding Sherman Alexie”. This writer shows the cruel reality of life on the majority of the Indian reservations as follows: the unemployment rate can be up to 90%, the life expectancy among Indians can be about 47% in males and 46 % in females. Problems such as suicide, crime and abuse of drugs are latent problems inside and out of the reservations. These figures represent concerns that have not changed in the past 30 years (qtd. in Grassian 9). Similarly, Terry L. Anderson in his article “How the Government Keeps Indians in Poverty”: shows some statistics that continue to place Indian American reservation as one of the lowest income areas within the United States:

“Of all ethnic groups in this country, Native Americans who live on reservations are the most impoverished. Over 20% of Native American reservation households have annual incomes below $5000, compared with 6% for the overall U.S. population. Only 8% of reservation households have annual incomes greater than $35,000, compared with 18% for the overall U.S. population.”

The author relates to a second important topic, by showing within the story, characters, experiences, places and problems that resemble his past. As stated on “The Short Story for Students” by Sara Constanstakis, the personages in Alexie’s short story are not real, but they are hinged upon
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