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Maria Emily ButlerOctober 26, 2012
Mr. KryderPeriod 5
Reservation Blues

“Magic does exist; you just have to know where to find it.” Gifted Chain’s quote relates to the book Reservation Blues, by Sherman Alexie. Magic is obscured, laced into life in unexpected ways. The extraordinary appearance of Robert Johnson on the Spokane Reservation inspires Thomas Builds-The-Fire, an Indian, to form the band, Coyote Springs, with fellow band mates, Junior, Victor, Chess, and Checkers. Magic is woven throughout the book, hidden behind lies, dreams, and music. The magic has a considerable impact on the lives of the characters. They always teach you not to lie; that lying is bad, but that may not always be the case. Lies are a form of magic in themselves. They can shade you from truths you’re not ready to face. Sometimes they can push you to pursue your dreams. The-man-who-was-probably-Lakota frequently said, “The end of the world is near!” (11). Expressions such as, ‘live like you’re dying’ are used all the time. People sometimes lose sight of the fact that life isn’t guaranteed, but death is. You could die at any given moment and pushing that fact upon someone could motivate them to chase their goals. When the-man-who-was-probably-Lakota said this repeatedly, he indirectly influenced Thomas to start the band. Thomas seized the opportunity to do something with his life. Lies could also be used hide what you haven’t done with your life. In the movie Smoke Signals, Victor’s father told Suzie Song, a neighbor, the story of a basketball game. When he told the story, he changed the ending, “You mean your dad lied to me?” Suzie asked. “Yeah, in a lie that made me look good.” Victor replied. Victor’s father created a faux reality through his stories, to make up for the mistakes in his life. He boasted about Victor through lies in hopes of being perceived as a better father. Pathological liars fill their emptiness with the magic of lies....
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