23 January 2013
The Red Convertible
2. When Henry came back home, he was very different. The change wasn’t good. Henry was quiet and wasn’t comfortable, he couldn’t stay still. Henry was jumpy and mean. Henry’s brother couldn’t explain what was going on with him. He wasn’t paying attention to anything that was going on at his home, not even the new color TV his brother got or about the car. 3. The “red convertible” to me symbolizes the leader of this story. Henry’s brother tells us “I always thought of it as his car while he was gone, even though when he left he said, now it’s yours, and threw me his key” (370). This tells me that there wasn’t a moment that he couldn’t stop thinking about his brother Henry. He knows he worked hard for it. The car could have been to feel comfort. To know that whatever the car goes through his brother might be going through at war. It can also mean braveness, when Henry talks about the car being in darkness and in water but at the end, it’s still runs. 6. I believe it is an anti-war story based on Henry’s attitude. He has mood swings throughout the whole story. Henry brother says “By then I guess the whole war was solved in the government’s mind, but for him it would keep on going” (370). In my point of view, that tells me that there is something else in him that he can’t stay still, something that made him come back with an ugly attitude.