This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman Alexie

1632 WordsFeb 2, 20187 Pages
Benjamin Franklin once said that “Nothing is certain in life except death...and taxes” (Waliwensky). This phrase has rung in the ears of Americans for many, many years. The phrase has stuck around for an extensive amount of time is because of the irony and actuality behind it. While the expression is meant to focus on the inevitability of taxes, Franklin also makes a point that it is impossible to deny the fact that everyone will eventually die. People get caught up in their day to day lives and forget how precious life is. Death can happen at almost any point. The time where the loss has the most impression, is when it hits the family. A death of a family member demonstrates the relationship that the family members had. In the end, the family is going to be the one people use as reference for the memoir of the person. Many pieces of literature cover the subject of unsuspecting death. Of those comprises “What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona” by Sherman Alexie. Upon the death of his father, Victor goes through a range of emotions and experiences. Through death he does have some positive experiences that help bring forth his character development. Many would argue that Thomas Builds-The-Fire is the protagonist because the story focuses on him the most after his introduction. However, Victor goes through the most development and is very much a dynamic character. Prior to the trip taken to go retrieve the remains of Victor’s father, Victor shows very little interest in being
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