The Lone Ranger And Tonto `` Heaven `` By Sherman Alexie Essay

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The story of “The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven” by Sherman Alexie is not only the title of his published book, but it is also the title of one the chapters in this book; which is found on page 181 of the book. In this short story, he shares events and experiences where he has been racially profiled and thought to be someone he’s not; as well as shares his experience with his trip back home. “The Lone Ranger and Tonto” being the classic story of an American cowboy and a Native American Indian, Sherman Alexie takes a small twist to the classic story in his version “The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven.” The Lone Ranger and Tonto are racial identifiers, or symbols, of whites and Native Americans. Although he does not experience an actual border, he experiences being bordered from the external community and his home reservation. Which brings in the central conflict of his story, of him being subjected by others. Simply because of the cultural difference that he carries himself and the cultures of the people outside of the borders of his reservation. The border theme here is not the stereotypical thought of real physical borders. The borders affecting Sherman Alexie are the reservation boundaries between him and the outside world. His whole life he has been used to being around his people. And over time it started to become the norm to him. But outside of the reservations borders, nothing was the norm and to everyone else, he was different and out of…

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