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

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Sherman Alexie’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven depicts the various issues that one might encounter while living on a reservation. These first hand accounts confront and engage the culture legacies of Native Americans in various aspects. In the text Alexie focuses on alcohol use, abandonment, the effects of domestic violence and the strive for societal and self-acceptance. In conjunction with the text the movie Smoke Signals, loosely based on Alexie’s short stories enables us to visualize and learn of these issues its relation to poverty.
The poverty rates on Native American reservations are among the highest in the country, stemming from lack of resources. This inadequacy leads to alcoholism, crime, and increased school dropout rates, resulting in a vicious cycle of poverty and disparity. Smoke Signals tells the story of two very different young men, growing up on the Coeur d 'Alene reservation, they develop an unlikely friendship while on a journey to self-acceptance. Victor is the main protagonist; he is depicted as an angry Native American teen resulting from his father’s alcoholic tendencies, abusive behaviors, and the abandonment of his mother and himself. However in the book Victor is portrayed differently, he is more accepting of his father actions and consequences. Thomas-Build-The-Fire is a storyteller he is a charitable and compassionate teenager who lost his parents at a very young age. His peers however avoid him due to his obsessive…

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