Rhetorical Analysis Of Sherman Alexie 's ' The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight ' Heaven '

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In the scholarly essay, “The Approximate Size of His Favorite Humor: Sherman Alexie’s Comic Connections and Disconnections in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” the author Joseph L. Coulombe, writes about the humor used in Sherman Alexie’s short stories. Coulombe argues that in Sherman Alexie’s stories that humor is essential for character development and the creation of bonds between these characters. He often makes statements discussing how humor allows Alexie’s characters to show strength and connect to their Indian heritage. “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, humor allows his characters to display strengths and hide weaknesses, to expose prejudices and avoid realities, and to create bonds and construct barricades.” (Coulombe) He also writes about how Alexie uses humor to express stereotypes. He pokes fun at them in his short stories, as well as allowing readers to be able to see that some stereotypes can be disputed. Coulombe continually expresses how humor is used for various reasons: to allow readers to recall social injustices, to allow Indians to show their strength, and showing the bonds that can be created. Coulombe jumps from various different stories by Alexie, but he always has the same basic idea. I agree with many of Coulombe’s ideas, such as the connections that humor brings with the characters in Alexie’s stories. “Whereas ethnic bias can tear people apart, humor allows them to identify with each other more firmly by creating a

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