Themes In The Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven

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Lucca Erice
9/21/17
Literature
Question 2 - In The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, which social groups are marginalized, excluded, or silenced within the text?
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The topic of racism and exclusion is shown in the real world and has been shown in America since the very beginning. Ever since 1492, when Columbus discovered the Americas, there was an instant leverage in terms of power over minorities. Over time, whites and other minorities have had a conflicting relationship in society. In the book, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie the natives living on reservations are excluded and mistreated in society. There are examples throughout the book where the natives living on the reservation are marginalized, excluded and silenced within the text displaying the topic of racism.

The topic of racism is big in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. The reservation is an example of racism, straight off the beginning of the book it is clear poverty is a big problem in these reservations. The quote on page 3 state's, “Witnesses. They were all witnesses and nothing more. For hundreds of years, Indians were witnesses to crimes of an epic scale. Victor’s uncles were in the midst of a misdemeanor that would remain one even if somebody was to die. One Indian killing another did not create a special kind of storm. This little kind of hurricane was
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