Lyman had a sense that Henry was already dead from the war. But never really knew about how his brother felt, all Lyman knew was that Henry was differ... ... middle of paper ... ...boys are happy. When Henry and Lyman are separated by the war, the car is left alone. When Henry comes back from the war Lyman tries to bond again, but when his efforts fail, he destroys the car. Henry wants to remain close and restore his personality, so he spends hours repairing the car.
Blood is Thicker Than Water In “The Red Convertible,” Louise Erdrich through her first- person narrator Lyman, creates an unspoken emotional bond between two brothers. This emotional bond between the brothers is not directly spoken to each other, but rather is communicated through and symbolized by “The Red Convertible.” In spite of what appears as a selfless act by one brother, in turn, causes pain in the other brother, as no feelings were communicated. In this case, Lyman explains his version as he takes us through the experiences that he and his brother Henry have with the car. At the beginning of the story, you find that Lyman and Henry are like somewhat typical brothers living on the reservation. Although between the two brothers, Lyman
“The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich, is a story of two Native American brothers whom share a deep bond and very close relationship before circumstances start falling apart; throughout the story, the reader learns about Henry’s psychological state. As the narrator, Lyman, informs the reader, they owned a car for the first time “We owned it together until his boots filled with water on a windy night and he bought out my share.” (358) is when a magnificent brotherly can be seen connection. But the time passed by, and their link was breaking apart, because a war situation. Although Henry and Lyman are the main characters, Lyman invests most of the time describing how he feels of Henry’s life before and after he went to war and how the relationship was deteriorating. Henry and Lyman are two brothers which developed a nicely bond whey got the red convertible.
Just months later in early 1970 Henry was fighting in the Vietnam War and Lyman was had the red convertible in his possession. More than three years later, Henry finally returned home three years later only to be a much different person than the one that had left. Henry was distant and lackadaisical for the most part, never really caring about anything. Lyman knew there had been only one thing in the past that really cheered him up, and would do whatever it would take to have Henry back to his old self. Lyman took a hammer to their prized possession one night and soon showed Henry the car.
Victor knew the trailer his father was staying had to have smelt ripe. But he did not care, as explained in the story, he says,“but there might be something valuable in there and I was talking about pictures and letters and stuff like that” (515). The trip that Victor made to Phoenix was a family journey. That long trip had taught Victor about himself and most importantly about his father. The grief that was bottled up inside was finally being put to rest now
Not his death but the deaths of his loved ones. “Marial was gone, vanished into the night,” (40)and also “As S alva watched one the men aimed his gun at uncle, three shots rang out,”(63) are two examples of deaths he has grieved through. It is impossible to tell how many lost boys’ lives were lost traveling to the new camp. Salva has also gone through abandonment, one example is when the adults in the group (the one before Uncle died) kind of just leave him to fight for himself. This example works because they would not give him any resources they found because they thought he was a burden to the group.
When Henry returned from the war scarred, “quiet, and never comfortable sitting still anywhere” (Erdrich 396). Lyman was upset that his brother was acting differently, so, in order to spark emotion and “interest” (Erdrich 396) Lyman damaged th... ... middle of paper ... ...d Lyman’s relationship. A noteworthy example is when Lyman “plows” (Erdrich 400) the automobile into the river. Eventually, the car engine dies; just like Henry and the relationship of the two brothers. Clothes, an occupational indicator in this instance, show Henry’s inability to remove himself from war.
Bussey asserts in her critical essay, “At the time, Lyman was only sixteen, an age at which most young people long to explore the world and to make their own decisions. Together, Lyman and Henry used the car to leave the reservation where they lived and to see what was beyond its borders” (Para 5). This is exactly what the two were doing when they traveled all across the country. The car created a bond between the two. The first paragraph symbolizes the foreshadowing of Henry’s death, “We owned it together until his boots filled with water on a windy night and he bought out my share” (134).
While Maggie was too distracted by laughs Glen was driving to a cliff near their town. “Hey babe where is that mixtape you gave me on our third date?” Maggie asked “Um, I have no clue; it’s in this car for sure. Just plug your iPhone into the auxiliary port.” “No, I wanted to see it again; I like what you wrote on it.” “Ugh, women always have to make things difficult.” Maggie shoots glen a death stare. “But I love you babe!” Glen says to try an save himself from an argument occurring. “... ... middle of paper ... ...to be great to see, I mean I got your back and all, but this will be the highlight of my month if not year!” Andrew says while laughing.
The book of the red convertible begins in the native America where two brothers staying with each other. There is the family consisting of Lyman Martine and the other brothers such as Henry. There is a very strong relationship in the family such that the family is bind together before the occurrence of the Vietnam War experience in the war. The story began on a very humble start when the insurance company pays Lyman for the claim against the destruction of his restaurant by tornado. The laying off the worker by Lyman and his elder brother Henry did not in any way represent the values of the society that normally echo on the unity and brotherhood in the society (Erdrich 310).