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In “The Red Convertible” Louise Edrich writes about the relationship of two brothers and how a red convertible is a part of their lives. The story begins with the main character and narrator, Lyman, buying a red convertible, the first person on his reservation to own one. He talks about how he worked hard and how he lost a restaurant he ended up owning when he was younger to a tornado. Lyman and his brother Henry decide to take a trip to Winnipeg with a large amount of money and no clear agenda. They saw the convertible which was for sale and it stuck out a lot to both of them. They decided to use their money and buy the car and only had gas money to get home left over. Lyman talks about how they would travel a lot with the car and one day they met a girl. She was alongside the road with her arm out looking for a ride, so they stopped and offered her a ride home, to Alaska. Her name was Susy and they ended up loving Alaska once they got there. When they met Susy she had her hair in a bun and they had never seen it let down. Before they left Susy let down her hair and it was really long and it went past Henry’s waist when she sat on his shoulders.
When they had gotten home after their trip during the summer, the Army had called up Henry to get to training and he ended up becoming a Marine. Henry was gone for about three years and during that time Lyman had kept the car in pristine condition because he felt the car belonged to his brother more than it did to him. When Henry returned from war, Lyman noticed he was very different. He didn’t talk much anymore and he couldn’t sit still and seemed always agitated. When people were around Henry and Lyman before, Henry would always crack a joke but now, even his laugh was different....

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...at they settled; and it ultimately became resolved when henry had drowned. The other conflict is internal, man versus self, and occurs when Henry returns from war. The reader isn’t given any details as to why Henry feels the way he does though. The conflict is ultimately resolved when both Henry and Lyman are talking around the campfire and he seems to get back to his old self before jumping into and drowning in the river.
The point of view in “The Red Convertible” is first person. An example of this point of view is “as I watched I felt something squeezing inside me and tightening and trying to get go at the same time.” The point of view does not change throughout this story. The first person point of view is effective and relates to the central idea because it allows the reader to connect to Lyman more and understand how much he loves and cares for his brother.
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