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

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In "This is What it Means to say Phoenix, Arizona," how does Sherman Alexie break the rules of the traditional plot structure?

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Sherman Alexie's "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" is told in real narrative time and flashbacks. While the story progresses in a traditional plot structure (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), it is paired with non-chronological flashbacks that look at the boys' childhood and their relationship.

We can break this story into Story A, which follows along Victor's need to make it to Phoenix, Arizona to pick up his dead...

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