The Red Convertible (1974)

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“The Red Convertible” narrated by Lyman Lamartine is a short story about two Chippewa Indians brothers (Lyman and Henry). The brothers both put money down to buy themselves a red convertible which, means way more than just a nice car to them, but rather it represent a brotherhood connection between Henry and Lyman. The car keeps a strong bond between the two brothers before and after Henry gets drafted in the Vietnam War.

Although Henry and Lyman are as close brothers as they can be. I believed that Henry wanted Lyman to be more independent. When Henry was about to go serve in the Vietnam War, he gave the key and share of the convertible he loves so much to Lyman assuming he didn’t think was going to survive the war. This explains why during the years Henry and Lyman were apart they weren’t much communication between them. While Henry was away Lyman works very hard on the car, wanting to give his brother his car back in its original condition when Henry's return home. Lyman hopes nothing has change when his brother comes back from the war and everything would be just as normal as when he left. However, during this time Henry was facing a very hard time in the war that would affect him even after he returns home. After Henry returns home, he is very different and Lyman try everything he cans to try to get his brother back to his old ways. When Henry asks Lyman if he would go with him for a ride in the convertible right away Lyman jumps at the opportunity hoping that this is a sign that the old Henry is returning (Lyman 189). Lyman later realize that his brother is not coming back the way he used to be and thinks "the car might bring the old Henry back somehow"(Lyman 187). One night when his brother was not home, Lyman undoes all the work he put into fixing it up for Henry, and hopes that Henry will notice that car needs work and fixes it up and at the sometime fixing their relationship. Eventually, Henry notice that the car needed work and confronted Lyman by...
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