There are many issues that occur in an individual’s life that can be stressing, hard to deal with, and overwhelming. The world tends to search for drugs or alcohol to forget about reality. There are situations where life puts us on the edge of just ending everything and moving on to another dimension. In the story The Only Traffic Signal on The Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore Victor says “I held a pistol to my temple. I was sober but I wished I was drunk enough to pull the trigger” (Alexie 43). Victor is in a position where he has to decide whether to pull the trigger or not. Victor states that if he was drunk he would easily pull the trigger. In a world with so much issues and problems. Alcohol is often a way for an individual to decide to deal with many issues. Alexie clearly defines Victor as an individual which would not be able to make a decision without being under the influence of alcohol. Alexie states that sooner or later an Indian will fall under the influence, and will get to a point where issues won’t be handled without being under the influence of alcohol. In the story The Only Traffic Signal on The Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore Adrian and Victor are having a conversation a...
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...vidual wears their pants down below their rear end, first assumption is they are rebellious and have been to prison. That is how this world has evolved. Dress code can define an individual, and Alexie describes Indians to always wear a red shirt.
Many individuals do not understand why it is so important for an Indian to drink so heavily. Indians are always categorized, and stereotyped. Alexie has created a stereotype for Indians, and in all of his writing he describes Indians as alcoholics. Alexie uses symbolism to help describe the image that he has for Indians. Outside of Alexie’s work, in a world where stereotyping is so common, judging an individual based on their looks is in style. When reading Alexie’s work, Alexie seems like he truly support the widely used phrase judging a book by its cover. Alexie use symbolism and has a well-developed image for Indians.
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