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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Alexie's collection of stories portrays American Indian culture in such a way that it is simultaneously a response to the centuries-long marginalization of the indigenous people by the whites and,...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 6:05 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The story "Crazy Horse Dreams" revolves around a sort-of romance between Victor, a Native American man, and an unnamed Native American woman, who meet at a powwow. The woman approaches Victor early...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016 5:55 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In “A Drug Called Tradition” by Sherman Alexie, we are told the story of three Native American youth who try a new drug and go on a spiritual journey. The story centers around the main idea of...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2019 3:58 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

"Every Little Hurricane" chronicles a fight between Victor's two uncles and the fight's impact on Victor. A hurricane is how Victor imagines the argument. He sees his uncles as a "cold front" and a...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2018 12:22 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The hurricane is a metaphor, which indicates that its meanings are figurative, but the author does use it in two ways, one of which is more literal than the other. The author uses the hurricane to...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2008 3:01 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In terms of its setting in time, most of the story takes place in 1976, at a New Year's Eve party. The geographical setting of "Every Little Hurricane" is the Spokane Indian Reservation. The...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2019 7:01 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The short story "Distances" reads like a dream narrative, or a Salvador Dali painting. It is packed with symbols, many of them surreal and obscure. In the opening text, attributed to "Wovoka, the...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019 7:11 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In the story "The Trial of Thomas Builds-the-Fire," Thomas, a central character in Alexie's collection of stories is forced to stand trial for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). The premise of...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2010 9:10 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is a collection of short stories and poems with many of the same characters. There is Victor Jospeh, who is usually narrating the story to us; Thomas...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2019 12:44 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

This short story is told from a first-person point of view, as the narrator speaks only from his own experience. In this case, this point of view keeps the reader firmly inside the narrator's...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2021 7:43 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Victor has an uneasy relationship to his Native American roots and heritage. On the one hand, he knows that he must leave the reservation behind and head on out into the wider world if he's to lead...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2018 10:55 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In his fiction, Sherman Alexie creates a different portrayal of American Indians from the one that has been presented to us in white American folklore and in the popular culture. Native Americans...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 11:50 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Sherman Alexie's book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is full of stories concerning the impact of poverty on relationships. One is the very first story, "Every Little Hurricane," in...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2015 11:41 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Sherman Alexie's short story collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven takes its name from a popular television show featuring a Native American character. In "Family Portrait,"...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2021 1:19 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In this story, Sherman Alexie constructs an absurdist courtroom that serves as a microcosm of all the travesties of justice that have characterized legal proceedings against Native Americans. While...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019 11:43 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

All of the characters within "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" struggle with multiple problems, both personal and public. In fact, many of those problems transcend the line between...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2010 1:28 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In Sherman Alexie's short story "All I Wanted To Do Was Dance," Victor is still devastated by the end of his relationship with the woman he loved and is sinking ever deeper into apathy and...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2021 9:05 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven," Victor, the protagonist of this story and many other stories in the collection, is unable to sleep and is brooding over the failure of a past...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2021 12:07 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

To think about the meaning of the quote in the question, consider the context. Victor and a woman are in her Winnebago. The woman has just finished telling Victor about a dream that she has. In the...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2021 4:04 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Sherman Alexie has received much criticism for his realistic portrayal of life on an American Indian reservation in Spokane, Washington as depicted in the collection of short stories The Lone...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2010 12:15 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In "A Good Story," Sherman Alexie highlights the diversity of the Native American experience. In the beginning, the narrator's mother gently points out that the narrator's stories are too sad. She...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2021 3:43 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

This visionary story subverts the existing power relations between Native Americans and whites as it takes place at a time when the white population is being exterminated by a mysterious plague and...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2011 2:57 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

At numerous points in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, an unnamed narrator reflects on his challenging relationship he had with his father while growing up. While some of the...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2021 6:36 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The narrator is not at ease with his Native American ethnicity outside of the reservation. He appears painfully aware of the prejudices he might suffer because of his race. For instance, when he...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2017 5:49 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

At the beginning of the story, the narrator visits a 7-Eleven because he has trouble sleeping. His exchange with the clerk is marred by racial undertones; both are wary of each other. The clerk,...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2020 4:50 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The Custer referred to in the story is General George Armstrong Custer whose battallion was exterminated by a coalition of Native Americans in the battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. Custer himself...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2011 3:37 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

"Imagining the Reservation" starts with counterfactual history. What would have happened if Crazy Horse had invented the atomic bomb or, going back even further, Columbus had been drowned as soon...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2021 11:55 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Most of the short stories in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven deal with the issue of identity. Sherman Alexie grew up on an impoverished Indian reservation in Spokane, Washington, but...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In Sherman Alexie’s short story/chapter “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” Victor recounts a conversation that he had with a police officer when he was working the graveyard-shift at...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2020 4:03 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Sherman Alexie's stories deal with marginalized people, often from dysfunctional backgrounds, in contemporary society, and "Family Portrait" in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is no...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2021 5:40 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Big Mom is "the spiritual leader of the Spokane Tribe", a woman who has visions and dispenses "good medicine" to the Indians. After they have spent the night with friends...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2008 2:25 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Sherman Alexie's language can become poetic because he is a poet. He wrote poetry before he began writing prose, and he still does write poetry. His stories adapt well to poetic language because...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2010 10:13 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In Sherman Alexie's "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven," the narrator struggles with the pressures put on him because he was supposed to be one of the Indians who made it off the...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016 6:37 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, written by Sherman Alexie, is a collection of 22 interconnected short stories that center on two Native American men living on a reservation in...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2020 1:30 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

This quote speaks to the power of education. Here, Alexie suggests that an Indian who studies and understands the world becomes a powerful person. Because Indians are a population of people who...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2020 10:10 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The flashback in the Sherman Alexie's short story "The Fun House" from the collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven serves several purposes. Like many flashbacks, it gives a glimpse...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2010 2:05 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

At the beginning of Sherman Alexie's "A Good Story," the narrator's mother complains that his stories are too sad. She asks for a story on a more uplifting topic, one which will demonstrate "that...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2021 11:34 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In “A Good Story” in The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, the narrator explains that his mother was not fond of the stories he told. She found them dark and disturbing and felt that he...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2021 8:27 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Taken individually, the stories in "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" present Victor at different stages in his life. For example, when the reader is introduced to him in...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2008 1:34 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Please realize that there is a vast dichotomy between the way Native Americans are portrayed through Victor (the main character) and his family members on the reservation! This is the difference...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2015 5:51 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Alexie's writing is both positive and negative about traditions and culture. He can show how sometimes by refusing to let go of certain traditions, life is made harder for the Indians while at the...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2007 8:25 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The stories in Sherman Alexie's collection The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven concern the struggles of modern Native Americans and how they navigate white American society. A constant...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020 8:55 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The title of the series of short stories, which came to Shermie Alexie in a dream, is dreamlike itself at times. Representing the Native-American experience, Alexie incorporates various facets of...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2010 4:07 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The narrator of the story is a Native American man who has moved away from the reservation where he grew up. Since doing so, he has experienced displacement and alienation. So far, he has not found...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2020 11:30 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

There is struggle within The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. This struggle is embedded in what it means to be Native American. The identity of Native Americans is shown as one of...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2014 2:04 am UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Sherman Alexie writes a lot about the power of reading and writing. He tells the story of his childhood, and how he learned to read when he was young by reading comic books, particularly the...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2020 2:21 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

The narrator doesn't fit the profile of the neighborhood (or the country) because he's an indigenous person, rather than a white settler. The cop tells him that he doesn't fit the profile of the...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2019 8:46 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

In many ways, Thomas-Builds-the-Fire is a representation of how the typical American perceives the Native American culture. His use of storytelling makes him easily connected to the oration...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017 6:37 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

This is quite a complex question. However, I would say that Sherman Alexie writes from a Native American perspective partially to highlight current situations in Native American communities which...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2007 3:46 pm UTC

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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

This is a deeply personal question, and you should answer it based on your reading of these great stories and what they made you feel. I will provide examples of a couple of the characters whom I...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2020 6:45 pm UTC

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