Near the end of the film, Thomas asks Victor, “Do you know why you Dad really left?” Victor replies, “Yeah. He didn’t mean to, Thomas.” The reason Arnold left was because he accidently started the fire that killed Thomas’ parents while he was drunk. After the Thomas is saved from the fire, everyone is happy that Arnold saved him but he also replies with, “I didn’t mean to.” He says this becuase he didn’t mean to start the fire and kill Thomas’ parents. This is why Victor tells Thomas he didn’t mean to. Even though it isn’t a true apology, I think that it is how Arnold intended it to be and that is why Victor tells Thomas that.
This exchange between Thomas and Victor revealled a sense of friendship with eachother. During the trip, Victor wasn’t all that nice to Thomas. Once Suzy tells him the story about his father starting the fire, I think that Victor feels a connection between Thomas.
In many stories in this collection, the longing to be a worrier like Crazy Horse and the desire for heroes and heroines is dramatized. Like in the story, “Crazy Horse Dream”, the woman Victor meets wanted him to be something he’s not, her Crazy Horse. Victor knew he has too small of hands and somehow she was still waiting for Crazy Horse. Also, in “The Only Traffic Signal on the Reservation Doesn’t Flash Red Anymore”, Lucy symbolizes hope for the reservation which makes her a heroine.
There are many reasons why I think the desire for heroes in the reservation are so strong. The people in the reservation live their lives coasting through as drunks. If they have a job they receive minimal income. Their lives aren’t filled with any type of excitement or joy, they simply dread on things and the people that frustrate them. This is why I think that they strive for a hero. They need someone to look up to and bring excitement to their lives and give them a reason to live. They need someone in the reservation to make the traffic signal flash again.
The women’s desire for her Crazy Horse is the desire for a man she can look up to and be protected by. The marriages in the reservation are often torn apart by fighting due to alcohol. The desire to have a Crazy Horse is to have a successful marriage not affected by alcohol and better yet a hero. These are the reasons the Alexie stresses the need for a hero.
1 November 2012
In almost all of the short stories in Alexies’, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, people are drinking heavily, drunk, or passed out. In the Introduction, Alexie points out that his critics have a point. Everybody in the book is drunk or in love with a drunk. (xviii) Alexie keeps the stereotype of the drunken Indian alive throughout this book. I think he chose to show this aspect of Indian life because he wants to leave the reservation and make sometime of his life.
In the short stories, the events are based around being drunk, basketball, or quitting basketball due to alcohol. Alexie quits drinking because he does not want to be like the rest of his drunk and good for nothing tribal members. He keeps the stereotype of the drunken Indian alive because being around so much drinking has affected his life in many ways. He has watched his family members fight numerous times while being drunk. Also, nobody really has good jobs to have a stable income. When they do have money they spend it on beer. He recalls a time when his parents were unable to by him Christmas presents when he was 5 years old. He also recalls the time when he lost his basketball skills to drinking and the others that followed.
Alexie wants to leave the reservation for a better life. He keeps the stereotype because he feels he is better than his tribal members. He refers to himself as being a white sheep. A well to do boy from a family of no good.