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The red convertible symbolizes the life the brothers shared before Henry went to war. It was shiny and impressive and new, and a way to freedom. Afterwards, he was damaged, and can't live on. He kills himself, and isn't a living part of Lyman's life anymore, just as the car can't be. That part of their life together is gone.
“The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich. The title itself is symbolic; “The Red Convertible” is the symbol of freedom which is the state of Henry’s mind. The whole idea of the story is shown through the life of the main character Henry. The red convertible was at first the car that the brothers took to another world, the world which was so comfortable and free for them, but then they had to return to reality.
Red color is the most important symbol connected with problem of brotherhood which appears between brothers when the main character Henry comes back from Vietnam; it is the symbol of relationship between Lyman and Henry which shows “their close companionship” when they bought a car together.
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