What is the central idea in Louise Erdrich's short story "The Red Convertible"?

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One dominant theme in Louise Erdrich's short story "The Red Convertible" is the clash between Native American and Western warfare values. Erdrich depicts Native Americans as warriors, which is clearly seen in his reference to Red Tomahawak, a Yanktonai of Dakota known for shooting the Sioux tribal chief Sitting Bull for resisting arrest and rebelling against the US government. It is due to the Native American drive to be warriors that Henry decides to enlist in the Vietnam War.

However, when Henry is captured as a prisoner of war and witnesses all of the horrors...

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