This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona Questions and Answers
by Sherman Alexie

This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona book cover
Start Your Free Trial

How does Victor change in "This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix, Arizona"?

Expert Answers info

mwestwood eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2006

write16,149 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

Victor changes by reidentifying as a member of his tribe. He reconnects with his father by retrieving an old photo album and his father's ashes and truck. Victor also resurrects remnants of his friendship and Indian culture with Thomas-Builds-the-Fire.

Author Shermie Alexie foreshadows this reclaiming of identity and love in the story's exposition when Victor is informed of his father's death: " . . . there still was a genetic pain, which was soon to be pain [sic] as real and immediate as a broken bone." Because Victor does not have enough money to travel to Arizona, he goes to the Tribal Council and requests financial aid. However, the council is unable to provide Victor the full price of an airplane ticket; they can only give him one hundred dollars. When the suggestion is made that he could drive there, Victor replies that he has no vehicle, but he intends to drive back after picking up his father's truck which is in Phoenix. 

Fortunately for Victor, when he goes to the Trading...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 665 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

sensei918 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write190 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Arts, and History

check Approved by eNotes Editorial