Analysis Of War Dances By Sherman Alexie

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You sit down to read a book to let your imagination go and you realize that the story you are reading is bringing back memories instead. Every story has different impressions on each individual reader depending on the reader’s experiences. In reading Sherman Alexie’s fictional memoir War Dances it brought back memories, anxieties, and disappointments that created mixed emotions within me.
A part in the story that brought back a memory is when Alexie describes a scene between the narrator and his Native American father. In search of a blanket for his cold father the narrator decides to look for another Indian for help. After finding another Indian they begin to talk, and the Indian tells the narrator that his sister is having a baby. He tells
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In Exit Interview for my Father Alexie asks, “Sir, in your thirty-nine years as a parent you broke your children’s hearts collectively and individually, six hundred and twelve times…”(Alexie 617). Even though he had many disappointments from his father he still longs for him after his death in saying “But none of them laughed as hard about my beautiful brain as I knew my father-the drunk bastard-would have” (Alexie 620). My father was and still is an alcoholic, that is why I could relate to the disappointments Alexie describes in the story. I have the possibility of asking my father the unanswered question the narrator asked in Exit Interview for my Father, but I don’t think I could actually bring myself to ask. I don’t know much of my father’s childhood, but I do know he was a lonely person just like the narrator’s father. Even though I lived through many disappointments with my father, I still miss him. As a child it was hard to understand these disappointments, but as I grew older I have came to learn to let go and remember the good things about him.
War Dances has many real life situations that many people have lived through one time or another. In reading this story many emotions came upon me and even created a knot in my throat, because it made me recall memories, anxieties and dissappointments from my life. Alexie describes trying to be a better parent to his kids than his father

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