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This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona

by Sherman Alexie
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In Sherman Alexie's "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," what is the significance of Thomas's story of the two Indian boys who wanted to become warriors?

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Sherman Alexie's story "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" centers around the idea of escaping the reservation. Victor, the primary character in the story, is forced to confront this idea after his father leaves and then dies much later in Phoenix. However, this idea of escape is present throughout the entire story (and is actually present in most of this collection's stories).

The story about the Indian boys who wanted to become warriors occurs in a flashback. Victor is thinking about his childhood friendship with Thomas...

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