The Red Convertible

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Roseli Marti
Garcia, Arlene
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26 March 2013

“The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich Separated by War The short story “The Red Convertible” is told by Lyman Lamartine, one of the two main characters in this short story and one of the many characters that are involved in the novels of “Love Medicine” by Louise Erdrich. That is why the story is symbolic because it is told from the point of view of a true Indian living in the North Dakota reservation. The story is set on a time period of war which reinforces the meaning of the story and the feeling of sorrow that Erdrich was trying to enforce on its readers. This leads to Erdrich showing us how Henry going to war creates distance between the two brothers. Erdrich shows us the struggles that Lyman and his brother Henry went through due to the war and how it affected their relationship by using symbolism. Erdrich uses the red convertible to illustrate the relationship between Henry and Lyman because it was what they both loved and what brought them close together but at the end so far apart. “We owned it together until his boots filled with water night and he bought out my share” (Erdrich 368), before the war Henry Lyman were inseparable, they did it all together in their red convertible and maybe that is why the separation was so difficult on Lyman. This is the reason why Lyman takes the car apart because the car symbolizes their relationship that no longer existed. When we think about war we think about those soldiers who are out there fighting endlessly for our country but if it does not hit close to home we don’t understand just how much pain and change war can bring to those people and the ones they love. That is what Erdrich was trying to convey in this short story the distance that war can bring between people who love each other not only when in battle but also...
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