Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

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  • Published: November 2, 2018
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Both the lone Ranger and Tonto are symbols that show the white and National American identity correspondingly. The book here is lifestyle on the Native Americans who have been spending the rest of their lifespan in Spokane. There is a theme depicted by this book that tends to bring out the life and experiences of these people. The book itself is based on imaginations and this therefore calls for a relation between the actual things happening and those that do not exist. The theme that seems to be recurrent in almost all the stories is the relationship between the real and the imaginary.

There are certain incidences in the stories that tend to be confusing as it is very difficult to understand some of the Victor’s action. There are situations that Victor whose life is depicted from these short stories undergo a deep imagination that he himself wonder if it is true or false. In almost all the short stories in the novel, the theme of relating both the real and the imaginary exist. This shows that both Victor and Thomas took certain actions or positions in the story that were difficult in the eyes of a mere man to distinguish whether they were real or just mere imaginations. There are various short stories in the novel and this therefore makes the two main characters to have different roles to play in each story as depicted by this book. All the roles played by the two characters are pegged on one theme. There are various actions of Victor in the short storie

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s that gives a great support and illustration on this theme.

As it can be seen in the first story of the novel titled “Every little Hurricane”, Victor’s life is given out when he was at the age of nine years at an eve party with his parents. It also gives a flashback on when Victor was five years of age and his parents were not in a state of buying for him anything for Christmas. This story is mainly based of imaginations and this included flashback as flashback is also another part of the imagination. The imagination in this case may also appear to be real in the sense that all this imaginations based on flashback at one time were real and actual though in the past. In the second story, “A drug called Tradition”, Thomas -builds -the- fire who is another character in the story, holds a second largest party in reservation history. Here, Thomas, Junior and victor goes to Benjamin Lake where they take unspecified drugs after which they begin having visions on how they earned Indian adult names by stealing horses. Events of the past unfolded in the present meant to illustrate Victor’s claim that “your past is a skeleton walking one step behind you, and your future is a skeleton walking one step in front of you.” This story brings out the imaginations that seem to be real in the eyes of Victor after ingesting drugs that drove them to the visions he had. Reality can also come in where Victor’s imaginations tend to lin

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him to the past of which unfolds in his presence after the drug influence. This is so because at one time the past was true and all the activities that took place were seen physically.

In the story, “M Father Always said he Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play” The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock, Victor tend to have memories of the past by recounting on how his father used to come back home late while drunk as the action he used to do after getting drunk. His father was used to watching Jimi Hendrix’s story claiming that he was the first Indian to watch the play. This gives victor himself a flashback on how he used to share in his father’s drunken rituals by putting the song in the stereo as he walked in the house. After the song he could sleep in his father’s feet. The novel also gives a a qoute”She realized that all those sexual stereotypes about Indians, were both true and false, but then she also realized that there were no sexual stereotypes about Indians” (239). This quote is also based on imagination as lastly the character realizes that all what he heard were not true. According to Victor all the memories he had, were also based on memories that form part of the imagination. Here, Victor brought all the past memories of his father into his present trying to analyze both the bad and the good memories that they used to share with his father as a young boy (Alexie 56-72). This is one of the quotes that were given by a character in the story “Sometimes it feels like our tribe is dying a piece of bread at a time” (199). The quote here also tries to give a clear picture on how he imagined and felt his tribe was dying a piece of bread at a time.

In the short story, “Crazy Horse Dream”, Victor, relates an experience he at one time had with a woman at Powwow to that of a crazy horse that he draws on the image. His relation in this matter is to bring out a picture on how the modern Indian men reach the level of perfection of a crazy horse. The story tells on how the woman Victor met wanted to force him into something he was not worth doing as far as his dignity is concerned. This is also part of an imagination as he only tries to relate the Indian men not physically but through imaginations. He is trying to imagine that the Indian men are like crazy horse. Imagination here comes in the sense that Victor tries to put others in a state that they are not really in and cannot or never find themselves in. It can therefore be said that this short story was purely base on imaginations as there were no parts of the story that Victors mind was sober and at a present state other than the flashbacks and comparisons based on the imaginations.

According to “The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Don’t Flash Red Anymore”,

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