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The Red Convertible

What does the red convertible symbolize?

The red convertible symbolizes freedom. After receiving insurance money following the destruction of his restaurant in a tornado, Lyman purchases the vehicle. Lyman and Harry bond over the vehicle...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 10:47 pm UTC

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Why does Lyman use the word "repose" to describe the red Oldsmobile convertible in "The Red Convertible"? What...

The short story "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich tells of two Chippewa Native American brothers named Lyman and Henry Junior. On a trip up to Winnipeg together they spot a red Oldsmobile...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2020 2:45 pm UTC

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In "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich, why Henry walk in to the river? Was his drowning an accident or suicide?

In this short story, "The Red Convertible" Henry Junior and Lyman were brothers. They bought a Oldsmobile convertible together and drove all over the country together. They experienced life and...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2010 6:06 am UTC

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In "The Red Convertible,"why does Henry jump into the river? Does he intend to drown, or is it accidental? In what...

The answer to the first part of this question is left up to reader interpretation. The story does not directly tell readers whether Henry drowned on purpose or by accident. Readers are left to...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2018 7:46 pm UTC

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In "The Red Convertible," explain the following quote: "We owned it together until his boots filled with water on a...

As previously mentioned, Eldrich's statement presages the ending of her story, hooking readers and leading them through the narrative. After Lyman's restaurant burns and he receives his insurance...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2017 5:48 am UTC

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I'm confused as to what the central conflict is in "The Red Convertible?" Would it be Man vs Man (Henry and Lyman) or...

The short story "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich is filled with conflicts. There are examples of man vs. self with Henry, especially, as he struggles to find a way to return home and fit in...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2010 4:15 am UTC

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What does Lyman, the narrator, mean when he says, "I was different that way" in "The Red Convertible"?

Lyman, the narrator of this story, describes what he calls his "one talent": that he could always make money, and that he actually has "a touch" for making money (which is, he says, unusual for a...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2020 10:52 pm UTC

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What is the significance of pushing the car into the river in "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich?

There is nothing more meaningful than a relationship between brothers. In “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich, brothers Lyman and Henry do everything together. They even bought the red...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2013 4:36 pm UTC

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What is the setting of "The Red Convertible"?

The story is set on the Chippewa reservation in North Dakota. The two protagonists, Lyman and his brother Henry, buy a red convertible which they take on a road trip. They end up in Alaska, where...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019 3:13 pm UTC

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Is Lyman Lamartine from "The Red Convertible" a static or dynamic character?

Lyman Lamartine is very much a static character in that he doesn't really change throughout the story. In narrative terms, this shouldn't come as a surprise, as Lyman is there to provide some...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2020 10:49 am UTC

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What is the significance of Susy in "The Red Convertible?"

Susy symbolizes something from the natural world, as she is like a character from a fairytale. She wears her hair in buns, and she is tiny. She takes Henry and Lyman up to Alaska, which almost...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018 4:45 pm UTC

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In "The Red Convertible," in what particular way has Henry changed due to his experiences in the war?

Louise Erdrich’s story is about the experiences of two brothers, Henry and Lyman Lamartine, after the older brother, Henry, returns from Vietnam. Lyman had been too young to join up, but Henry...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2020 12:37 am UTC

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What is the significance of the photograph in "The Red Convertible"? Why does Lyman dislike it so much?

Significance of the PhotographThe picture was taken on the last day of Henry's life. It was taken just before Henry lost his life either because of a thoughtless mistake or a need to escape...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 7:35 am UTC

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What are some themes for "The Red Convertible?" 

I think that a main theme to this story is about war and the effects of war. Henry is introduced to readers as a fairly carefree and happy individual. We get to see him and Lyman cruising around in...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2018 12:42 pm UTC

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Identifying the tone of Louise Erdrich's short story "The Red Convertible," explain how the tone supports Lyman's...

People are often confused about the mood and tone of a literary piece. The mood is how the reader feels. "The term mood is often used synonymously with atmosphere…" The tone is how the author...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2015 5:56 pm UTC

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Explain Lyman's actions in the last paragraph of "The Red Convertible." How is the car humanized?

The final paragraph of this story is a great paragraph because it once again shows how symbolically important the red convertible is to Lyman and his relationship with his brother. Lyman and Henry...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 12:04 am UTC

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Why does Lyman fiddle with the television in Louise Erdrich's short story "The Red Convertible"?

Lyman says that when Henry comes home from his three years in Vietnam, he is "very different, and ... the change was no good." Henry is always "so quiet," but he never seems to be comfortable...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2020 2:03 pm UTC

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In "The Red Convertible," what does Lyman mean by stating, "For him, it would keep on going"? Why does Lyman keep the...

Lyman has been telling his readers about the letter exchanges happening between him and Henry. The rate of exchange isn't great, and Lyman moves on to telling readers that he simply doesn't worry...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2020 11:29 pm UTC

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How can I discuss five terms of plot for "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich? (These terms of the plot may be...

"The Red Convertible" is a poignant story about lost youth, lost hope, and lost love. In the narrative of this short story, Louise Erdrich employs the plot elements of foreshadowing, symbolism,...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2017 10:03 am UTC

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Why does Lyman emphasize money? What is his attitude toward it?

Lyman is the story's narrator, and he tells readers a fair amount regarding money early on in the story. In the story's second paragraph, Lyman tells his readers that he has one talent. His one...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 11:35 pm UTC

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In the first paragraph of "The Red Convertible," Lyman speaks of himself in the third person.  What is the effect of...

In "The Red Convertible," the disconnect between Lyman the narrator and Lyman the person who is now "walking everywhere" instead of driving is visible in the first paragraph: I was the first one...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2012 11:40 pm UTC

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In "The Red Convertible," what can we infer about Henry's Vietnam experience? What might Lyman's line about "those...

One of the things we can infer about Henry's Vietnam experience is that it was an experience filled with a lot of moving from place to place in relatively short amounts of time. Henry isn't likely...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2020 12:10 am UTC

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Does anyone know what the external conflict is in "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich?

This is a good question because I think most readers would defend the notion that the story's central conflict is an internal conflict. Lyman and Henry both struggle internally. Lyman struggles to...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019 8:42 pm UTC

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What is learned about the narrator in the story "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich?

Louise Erdich’s story, “The Red Convertible” comes from her experiences growing up near a Chippewa reservation. The time is 1974 following the Viet Nam War. The narration of the story is provided...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2013 12:00 am UTC

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In the story “The Red Convertible,” what contrasts does the story draw between the world of the reservation and the...

Louise Erdrich's "The Red Convertible" revolves around the relationship of two brothers—Lyman and Henry—who live on a Native American reservation. The titular car is a symbol of their relationship...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2019 11:20 pm UTC

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Why did Lyman refer to himself in the third person at the end of the first paragraph of the story?

Lyman refers to himself in the third person at the end of the first paragraph of the story to emphasize to the reader the main theme of the narrative, the relationship between him and his brother....

Latest answer posted October 4, 2008 1:56 am UTC

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What effect does the setting have on the characters or plot of "The Red Convertible"?

Setting is the time, location, and circumstances in which the story takes place.The Red Convertible is a story about the relationship between two Native American Indian brothers. This story is...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2008 4:03 pm UTC

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How would mental illness be seen as a theme in "The Red Convertible"?

Mental illness is the main theme in "The Red Convertible." Brotherhood is a supporting theme but you could also include more polemical themes like the government's neglect of veterans. When Henry...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2012 1:20 am UTC

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What changes does the car go through in Louise Erdrich's short story, "The Red Convertible," and how, then, is the...

In Louise Erdrich's short story, "The Red Convertible," from her collection Love Medicine, the car represents the bond that exists between the two Lamartine brothers, Lyman and Henry. When the...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2011 2:43 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2015 8:00 am UTC

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What would be a good one sentence summary of "The Red Convertible" by Erdrich?

Louise Erdrich's "The Red Convertible" follows the story of two Native American brothers--Lyman and Henry, Jr.--who live on a reservation in North Dakota. Henry is called up to serve in the Vietnam...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2016 6:27 am UTC

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Explain the nature of the brothers’ relationship in “The Red Convertible,” giving examples and evidence.

“The Red Convertible” is the story of two brothers, Lyman and Henry Lamartine Jr., set in the era of the US war with Vietnam. Early in the story, the brothers are close, but their affection is...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020 5:41 am UTC

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In "The Red Convertible," What did Henry mean when he said, “My boots are filling”? Give both the literal and...

At the end of the story, after Henry has tried to persuade his brother Lyman, the narrator, to take and keep the red convertible they have shared for many years, Henry jumps into the river, he...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2020 3:36 pm UTC

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What do the red color and the picture in Louise Erdich's The Red Convertible symbolize?

We don't know what was in Louise Erdich's mind when she wrote The Red Convertible, but we do know that the color red is frequently associated in literature with certain emotions, mainly anger,...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2015 10:35 pm UTC

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Where do Lyman and Henry speak directly to each other in "The Red Convertible"? Where do they speak indirectly? How...

A lot of the indirect communication between Henry and Lyman comes from Lyman's observations of Henry, including Henry's movements. For example, when they first drive places in their car, Lyman...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2017 9:04 pm UTC

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What is the claim in "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich?

"The Red Convertible" is a story that readers could find several claims within. It is probably best left to individual reader opinion to pick out the one theme/claim/lesson that he or she believes...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018 1:12 pm UTC

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In "The Red Convertible," why does Erdrich include the episode in which Henry and Susy twirl around in laughter?

The scene in which Henry and Susy twirl around in laughter represents the way Henry was before the war. In this moment, Henry is carefree and fun-loving. He tells Susy to jump on his shoulders so...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2020 6:33 am UTC

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Why do the characters in "The Red Convertible" argue and fight over the car? What does the red convertible symbolize?

Lyman desperately wants his traumatized brother Henry to snap out of the extreme listlessness and depression from which he's been suffering since he got back from Vietnam. So he hits upon the idea...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2020 5:57 pm UTC

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In "The Red Convertible," what are the traits, strengths, or weaknesses of one character? As the story progresses, to...

I think Lyman would make a good choice to write about for this question. When the story begins, it is made clear to readers that Lyman is a very determined person that works very hard. It's why he...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018 12:29 pm UTC

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Where is trust a theme in the story "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich?

In the story, the trust between two brothers is an important theme. It is alluded to when Henry goes to fight in the Vietnam War and leaves his trusted red Oldsmobile in Lyman's care. When Henry...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016 8:23 pm UTC

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Do you think Henry drowned or committed suicide in "The Red Convertible"? Support your answer.

The ending is quite ambiguous, so you have to make some deep inferences throughout the story to arrive at one position at the other. Although I think you could defend either position, I tend to...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 1:35 am UTC

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With what kind of attitude do the two travel during the summer in "The Red Convertible"? (306-07) What does this tell...

The brothers spend a joyful summer traveling in the car. It is like a taste of true freedom, made sweeter somehow in that the boys pooled their money together to buy the car. Neither one "owns" the...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2020 11:36 am UTC

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Why does Lyman tell Henry to "wake up!" in "The Red Convertible"?

Lyman and Henry have made the trip together to the Red River. Lyman hopes that the journey will bring him and his brother closer together. Not only that, but he also hopes that heading up to the...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2020 2:53 pm UTC

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Why do they argue and fight over the car in "The Red Convertible"? What does the red convertible symbolize? 

When Lyman Lamartine and his brother finally begin talking on the bank of a swollen river in The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich, it is not long before they begin arguing and fighting, each for...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020 9:36 am UTC

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In "The Red Convertible," was this a case of suicide or accidental drowning? Take a positions and support with text...

To be able to assess whether the death at the end of the short story "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich is suicide or accidental drowning, it's important to consider the background. The story...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2020 3:25 pm UTC

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Describe Henry's mental state in "The Red Convertible." Why does he dance?

Prior to doing a crazy dance that Lyman has never seen before, Henry's mental state is as up and down as a great roller coaster. Henry and Lyman have taken the car out together, and Lyman is deeply...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2020 11:04 pm UTC

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What is the war that Henry participates in? Give evidence from the story.

In The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich, Native American brothers Henry and Lyman purchase a red convertible with insurance money from Lyman’s tornado-destroyed restaurant. Without daily...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 2:41 pm UTC

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How does the setting of Alaska make Lyman feel in "The Red Convertible"?

To understand the answer to this question, it is important to grasp the organization of the short story "The Red Convertible" by Louise Erdrich. The first part tells of the close relationship of...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2020 12:03 am UTC

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How does the theme of "The Red Convertible" shape its plot?

"The Red Convertible" tells the story of two brothers, Lyman and Henry, who more deeply bond with each other over the ownership and usage of their red convertible. Henry is pushed into a war that...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2020 12:26 am UTC

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Explain, giving examples and evidence, the nature of the brothers' relationship in "The Red Convertible."

At first, the brothers, Henry and Lyman, have a really close relationship. They go in on a gleaming red convertible together, and, as Lyman says, "We went places in that car, me and Henry." They...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020 2:41 am UTC

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