Lone Ranger And Tonto Fistfight In Heaven

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Most of the time, unless you live or grew up on an Indian reservation, you would not be able to get a glimpse at that life. However, Sherman Alexie gave the public an opportunity to see what life was like for those from reservations in his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Taking place from the 1960-1980’s, the book allowed readers to understand many of the struggles that Native Americans went through. The book, made up of short stories, also puts the audience on the same level as the storytellers and let them understand the mindset and feelings of the main characters.
The stories all took place in or around the Spokane Indian Reservation outside of Spokane, Washington. ...view middle of the document...

This time he is “drunk as a skunk” as Adrian says. Later that night the two go to the basketball game that Julius is playing in. By the end of the game Julius is out of the game. The story shows that Julius threw away the great things ahead of him because he’d rather go out and get drunk. Throughout the book, it is made known that Victor and Adrian are abstaining from alcohol and the difficulties with that are visible. The reader is aware that alcohol plays a very big role in life for Native Americans and those living on the reservations.
Another theme of the book is the role of love and hate in relationships and the intensity of them. One example of this is in “The Approximate Size of My Favorite Tumor.” The story focuses on the relationship of Norma Many Horses and her husband, Jimmy. When Jimmy finds out he has cancer and continues to make jokes about it, it upsets Norma. She leaves their house to go dance at the Powwow Tavern. Jimmy goes after her and apologizes, however he blows it all when he makes another joke. She leaves for a few months but comes back. She tells Jimmy she met another man, but he was too serious for her. The attraction and between Jimmy and Norma was so strong that she couldn’t...

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