The Lone Ranger And Tonnto Fistfight In Heaven And The Truth Analysis

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Everybody’s habits, mannerisms, and beliefs are products of their environments and the people with whom they surround themselves. Although most habitual patterns are preexisting, more often than not, they can be altered or influenced by those one considers highly important or significant. These modifiable patterns can include hygienic routines, hobbies or pastimes, or, in the case of Frank Norris’ intriguingly dramatic novel, McTeague, food and drink intake, and the way in which one dines. The story begins with a description of McTeague’s usual dinner that he takes, “at two in the afternoon at the car conductors’ coffee-joint,” where he regularly consumes, “a thick gray soup; heavy, underdone meat, very hot, on a cold plate; two kinds …show more content…
The story begins with the narrator’s father receiving a call from the Secret Witness Program in Spokane, asking him to come into the police station, due to speculation that, “[his] father might know something about how Jerry Vincent disappeared about ten years earlier,” (Witnesses, Secret or Not, 560). The boy’s father discloses that this is an annual request because he was one of the last people to see Jerry alive. His father mentions that, originally, everybody assumed Jerry had disappeared, which he believes to be commonplace, seeing that, “just about everybody [disappears] at one time or another. All those relocation programs sent reservation Indians to the cities, and sometimes they just got swallowed up,” (Witnesses, Secret or Not, 562). Right away, Alexie touches upon the sad truth that for Native Americans living on reservations, even the most bizarre occurrences are accepted as ordinary. Moreover, while him and his father are on their way to the police station, they notice, “Indians passed out in doorways, staggering down the sidewalk,” (Witnesses, Secret or Not, 571), and his father spots his friend Jimmy Shit Pants. Albeit Jimmy did not look entirely intoxicated, after the boy’s father asks, “Been drinking too hard?”, Jimmy replies with, “Hard enough,” (Witnesses, Secret or Not, 572), thereby confirming that Jimmy did exhibit some sort of drinking problem. For Native Americans on reservations, alcohol dependency does not seem out of the ordinary. Which, similarly in McTeague, is a depressing point in the plot because it represents the destructive and regressive effects that alcohol can have on a person who seeks to numb the pain of his/her existence. That being said, the closing dinner scene when

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