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The Red Convertible

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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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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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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The Red Convertible

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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The diction and speed in the sentence are used to create a sense of anxiety, urgency, and movement. Lyman's description of Henry's state—moving and yet unmoving—is replicated in the reader as they...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018, 6:32 pm (UTC)

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A perfectly valid argument could be made for either side of this debate. Henry's death could just as easily have been a tragic accident as a tragic suicide. Erdrich deliberately leaves the precise...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020, 9:30 am (UTC)

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"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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In terms of geographic setting of "The Red Convertible," reservation life for Native Americans, in this case a pair of Chippewa (Ojibwe) brothers, is difficult. Their reservation life is plagued...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021, 9:00 pm (UTC)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Red Convertible

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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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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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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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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The key characters in "The Red Convertible" are two brothers, Henry and Lyman Lamartine, who are Chippewa and live on a reservation. Henry is the older brother and co-owns the red Oldsmobile...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2021, 2:36 am (UTC)

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The Red Convertible

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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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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It is while his brother lies sleeping beside a swollen river that Lyman Lamartine experiences first hand the emotions that his brother Henry has been feeling since he returned after being in the...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2020, 8:47 am (UTC)

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I am not certain if you were referring to the entire book, or the short story. There are two reviews for the book and one for the short story itself. If you are looking for a critical review of...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2015, 8:35 pm (UTC)

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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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The Red Convertible

Lyman and Henry drive up to Alaska in the eponymous red convertible. The brothers bought the car and had just enough money left over to pay for gas. They travel all around the Rocky Mountains, and...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019, 8:40 am (UTC)

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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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"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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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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A reader is likely to support the idea that the red convertible from this story could be a symbolic image of the American dream. You might have to specify for your readers how exactly you are...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020, 10:25 pm (UTC)

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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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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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