The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven Summary and Analysis: A Drug Called Tradition

Sherman Alexie

Summary and Analysis: A Drug Called Tradition

New Characters
Thomas Builds-the-Fire: a key character in the collection who stands apart from his peers for his wisdom and his talent as a storyteller.

Junior: a wild teenager who plays the role of Victor’s sidekick in this story.

Summary
“A Drug Called Tradition” follows an older, presumably adolescent, Victor as he parties with Thomas and Junior one night on the Reservation. The story is told in the first-person from his point of view.

The night begins with a beer party at Thomas’s house and quickly moves to a wild ride in Junior’s car. The change in plans is instigated by Victor, who wants to take drugs and cruise for girls. He convinces Thomas to join in...

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