“The Red Convertible”
The Red Convertible is narrated by Lyman Lamartine. He tells a story from his recent past about his older half-brother, Henry. As Lyman tells the story, the year is 1974. The story about the relationship between the two main characters who are brothers living on a reservation in North Dakota. In this story lyman is a hard worker and always carry a good luck, at a very young he became the owner of a restaurant but unfortunatley disaster happens and it is blown over in a tornado. Lyman was filled with passion for money, since he a hard worker, a disaster to his restaurant didn’t stop him making money. “Henry was the stronger (physically) brother, the one built like a brick outhouse was never lucky enough to have anything positive to come from his strengths” (Erdrich 111). Henry associated with the color red. When he was in prison he found the red color in communist power and also the red convertible reflex him too. When Henry responds “Crazier ‘n hell. Crazy Indian!”. Henry was out of control. Lyman thought the old Henry is back, when Henry confessed that he had known that Lyman had been the one who always got his back, and said he was thankful for it. But when “He throws off his jacket and starts swinging his legs out from the knees like a fancy dancer...doing something between a grouse dance and a bunny hop” (Erdrich 117). Lyman has no idea what has come over his brother. Henry was down doing some kind of dance, Lyman had no intention that henry is about to commit suicide. Henry life was good before he went to Vietnam. Lyman found him very different, he wasn’t the same Henry. When he came home from Vietnam he seems to be very different. “He’d always had a joke, then, too, and now you couldn’t get him to laugh, or when he did it was more the sound of a man chocking, a sound that stopped up the throats of other people around him. They got to leaving him alone most of the time, and I didn’t blame them. It was a fact: Henry was jumpy and...
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