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

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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 Oldsmobile convertible to share. 

The first paragraph of the story symbolically foreshadows the end of the story.  The narrator tells the reader that Henry now owns the car.  Lyman no longer drives but walks everywhere he goes.  This prepares the reader for death of Henry.  “We owned it together until his boots filled with water on a windy night and he bought out my share.”  These statements do not become clear until the end of the story when the older brother commits suicide.

The brothers had one special ride in their new car when they picked up a girl hitchhiking and took her home to Alaska.  When the boys returned, it was time for Henry to go to the marines and serve during the Viet Nam War. 

Lyman, the narrator of the story, was a good brother.  He wrote to Henry, worried about...

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