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    heard the quote, “you can’t understand someone until you walk a mile in their shoes” at least once in their life. It means that a person should not judge another person before considering their perspective on something. For the novel Tracks by Louise Erdrich, that quote is an important theme for its main characters. The novel gives a glimpse into the lives of Native Americans in 20th century America through the narrative of two characters: Nanapush and Pauline Puyat. The stories of the two alternate

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    In the short story “The Red Convertible,” by Louise Erdrich, there are multiple literary devices used throughout. However, Erdrich most commonly utilizes theme and symbolism. She uses certain themes throughout most of her work, as noted by Keri L. Overall in a literary analysis. “Indeed, the themes of Erdrich’s stories range from the effects of war on families and personal identity to loss of heritage and family and personal relationships.” Erdrich also employs the use of symbolism in this story

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    The short story “The Red Convertible” was written by Louise Erdrich. Louise Erdrich was born in 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota and was the oldest of seven children. Her mother, who was a Chippewa Indian, worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Her father, who was a German-American, was a teacher of Native American studies in a school that was run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Growing up, Louise’s parents told her many stories of the Indian culture growing up. Her parents encouraged her to write

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    The Symbolism of the Red Convertible Can one item define a whole story or a person’s entire life? The short story “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich was written in 1984 against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. In the story, the brothers Henry and Lyman face a strain on their relationship when Henry is drafted into the war. Their car, a model by the same name as the title, is the cause of a happy past and yet it also marks the permanent end of the brothers’ bond. This red convertible serves to

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    In the novel “Love Medicine” written by Louise Erdrich, Erdrich covers multiple stories, and her main focus on the story “The Red Convertible” is to reveal her style in writing after being part German and Native American. Louise was born to her father Ralph Erdrich which told many stories throughout her childhood which pushed her into becoming the writer she is today. Where storytelling had become an important part of her life style. Her mother Rita Erdrich came from the indigenous group, the Ojibwe

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    Tracks and Love Medicine, both by Louise Erdrich, are only fragments of a much larger collection of Erdrich’s Native American works. Both pieces of literature are set in the early to mid-twentieth century and revolve around difficulties the Native American people go through in their struggle of preserving their culture and ways of life. Native American literature invokes a taste of modern influence alongside traditional Indian mythology to truly thicken a plot. Ancestral values are evident throughout

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    Louise Erdrich Louise Erdrich was born on June 7, 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota. She grew up in Wahpeton North Dakota near Turtle Mountain reservation, where her grandfather Pat Tourneau was a Tribal chairman. Erdrich uses characters not only to demonstrate the experiences of Native Americans, but also the heartache and pain she has gone through in her life. Erdrich’s family was far from normal, they faced many obstacles, but unfortunately they were not able to overcome them

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    "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich In "The Red Convertible," by Louise Erdrich, the red convertible symbolizes the brothers relationship at different stages through the story. In the story Erdrich uses specific actions of the brothers to show change in their relationship, which corresponds with the red convertible. Erdrich uses scenes involving the red convertible to show different stages of the brothers relationships. The story begins with a road trip representing the boys closeness, then

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    The relationship of brothers usually lasts forever, but in Louise Erdrich’s short story “The Red Convertible”, the relationship of the main characters Lyman and Henry takes a turn. Erdrich takes her audience through the experiences these brothers face and how they must come to terms that their relationship has changed. Knowing that it will most likely never be the same both Lyman and Henry try to fix their relationship until eventually one falls because of the experiences he faced in life. While

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    physically or emotionally, can change one’s life forever. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event, being either experienced or witnessed. In the short story, “The Red Convertible,” Louise Erdrich accurately demonstrates the degenerative changes the character Henry goes through after returning home. This is achieved through the descriptions of the change in Henry’s personality, actions, and the use of diction. Once Henry returned home his

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